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Player assesment (Second Half)

Posted on: February 12, 2008 2:30 pm
 

Ok, we are about half way through the season and I wanna get my thoughts of our Pistons up untill today.

Chauncey Billups - Chauncey has been having a great season and he STILL is one of the elite PG's in the NBA.

Richard RIP Hamilton - Career year!! avging 18.5 points while SHOOTING FIFTY%.  I think RIP is one of the most underrated players in the league.  He is extremely consistant and he plays VERY good defense.  I think he is underrated because he is not a traditonal SG.  He doesnt dunk or slash or dribble well BUT he can knock down that jumper alll dayyy longgg.

Tayshaun PrinceA lot of people are upset with his inconsistancy and his lack of "killer instinct".  I know he has had an inconsistant year but I know he will be alright.  He IS our X-Factor and I know he will be BIG for us in the playoffs.

Antonio McDyess - He's been OK but I would rather have someone else (not on our team) starting at PF.  I think Dyess was more valuable to us coming off the bench.

Sheeeeed -  Sheed has had a great first half.  His numbers dont prove that but he is our most versatile player.  I like that he was givin the nod to play in the all star game (BY DAVID STERN haha).  I would like to see Sheed in the post more where I think he plays the best.  Those 3's are good but I think he is almost impossible to stop in the post.

Reserves....

Jason Maxiell - He's been inconsistant but he is still a SOLID PF coming off the bench.  He lights a fire under the benchs @ss.  If this guy was a little taller he would be one of the best PF's in the league (in a couple years).

Rodney Stuckey - He still needs a couple years to develop but he does show a lot of potential.  I like that he can drive to the rim and score(a little sloppy now).  I think he will be an awsome player once he becomes a little more careful with the ball.  Right now he is making bad passes and stupid TO's but it all looks like rookie mistakes.

Aaron Afflalo - (my fav reserve) AA looks like a stud.  He is always hustling and making the right moves.  RIGHT NOW I think he is our best rook.  AA plays with a lot of confidence and plays very good defense.  He is an example of DEETROIT BASKETBALL(hustle,defense, and confidence).

Amir Johnson - I have a thread about Amir on the Pistons page.  I thnk he will need a couple more years to develop his game.  He looks lost out there right now.  Bad TO's and not being able to handle the ball will get u a nice warm seat on the bench.

Thoughts???

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2008 7:34 am
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

Excellent assessment.  I totally agree that McDyess was much more valuable to the team coming off of the bench, but if the Pistons make a play to get a PF outside of the team, that would also serve to slash Maxiell's minutes, and I think the team needs his engergy.  Amir was looking lost for quite a while, and is still making some mistakes, but he looked real good vs. Indy.  I think if he continues to develop

If Tay steps up like you say he's going to and we keep getting good bench production through out the playoffs, Mr. Davidson may be changing the address to 6 Championship Drive come the end of June!




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2008 7:34 pm
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

I just wanted to add my thoughts on our backcourt rooks.

I think Afflalo is our most NBA ready defender off the bench; he can shut guys down.  He looks decent on the offense when his jumper is going, but he needs the shooters mentality: it looks like he's hesitating on his shot and thinking about it too much after a miss or two.  He also needs to either be more active off of screens like RIP to get shots or work on getting his shot off the dribble to have more opportunities.

Stuckey is growing up QUICKLY right before our eyes.  When he first came back you could see he was quick and could get inside, but he wasn't ready for the interior defense at the NBA level.  Now he is figuring out the little adjustments he needs to make around the rim to score at this level once he gets to the rim.  He's still a little out of control, but getting less so with every outing.  His jumper has also been improving.  I think he is a nice change of pace from Chauncy and has similar size to be tough on the defensive end.

Overall, these guys look great for rookies--heck, we used to never even see rookies on the floor with the Pistons.  I think the backcourt is solid for years to come with these guys.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 11:03 am
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

Hamilton - I just love how he swarms on the defensive end. While I agree he is an underrated player I think it is because people vastly underestimate his D.

thats exactly my point.  He is so quick on defense and constantly has his hands all over the other player.

The thing I love most about his game is how smart he is on the court and how fundamentally sound his defense is.

I swear Sheed is one of the smartest players on the court at all times.  He is soooo long that and he always has a hand in (or on) the shooters face. 

I like how he has been "pulling the chair" on other players.  He makes people look silly.

Nice add on to my assesment!!




Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 1:06 am
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

Very good post. Just a couple little comments.

Hamilton - I just love how he swarms on the defensive end. While I agree he is an underrated player I think it is because people vastly underestimate his D.

McDyess - Everybody is so down on this guy and for the most part I disagree with those that say he needs to come off the bench. His roll as a bench player has been to come in and score immediately. As a starter his roll is to pick his spots offensively, but more importantly play solid defense and rebound (which he has done). Unless people feel we need more offense coming off of the bench, he is right where he needs to be.

Prince - The only thing I don't like is seeing him pulling up off the dribble and shooting his J. Very inconsistent. Much more effective as a spot shooter. Watch closely when he spots up for his J and it looks very effortless. He takes a very small jump when he gets his stroke going compared to a much higher verticle off the dribble. He has also gotten away from his post up game a little this year and his baby hook. I would like to see him get back down there a couple of times a game if the matchup is right.

Wallace - The thing I love most about his game is how smart he is on the court and how fundamentally sound his defense is. Not to mention how fundamentally sound he is keeping the ball high when shooting over opponents and rebounding.

Hayes - Love his J when it is on but this is another guy that should strictly be a spot shooter and not pull up on the dribble for a three or mid range J. He also needs to tighten up his D a little more and quit allowing other small forwards beating him off of the dribble.

Rookies - While I love Aaron's game you can see that Stuckey is the more talented player. While we will continue to see both players games develop before our eyes, Stuckey will have a greater impact in a shorter amount of time.




Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 8:20 pm
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

me too, but as of RIGHT NOW I think AA is more developed and Stuckey needs a little more time to learn.

i can see where you might say that. Anyway nice blog



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 4:43 pm
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

and from what ive seen i think Stuckey might be the better rookie

me too, but as of RIGHT NOW I think AA is more developed and Stuckey needs a little more time to learn.

what about Jarvis "why not" Hayes, what do you think of him?

I think Jarvis is a good scoring option off the bench. I think he can shoot the three ball really good.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 4:23 pm
 

Player assesment (Second Half)

first off, I love the Pistons. They are my favorite team because they are the Detroit team who is the most consistant other than the Red Wings(which i dont like hockey sooo...) and from what ive seen i think Stuckey might be the better rookie. Coming off the hand injury i really was not sure what he would bring to the team, but he has been a very solid backup point guard with the ability to drive and shoot. Afflalo definitly has defense on him, but Aaron does not usually match up against the best players...

what about Jarvis "why not" Hayes, what do you think of him?



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