The NBA looks like they will play a season this year. The proposed season will be 66 games long, with 48 of them being conference games. If the deal is accepted, where does that leave the Detroit Pistons? Here is what I think as of the roster right now (according to the official website).
Point Guards: Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey.
Honestly, this is a not a very promising group after Knight. If Knight is not the starter when the season starts, I will be surprised and disappointed. Will Bynum is an average backup at best but he has his moments when he plays well. Stuckey is a scorer there is no denying that from him. However, he should not be considered the future of the Pistons and I feel like the Pistons could get a couple of solid bench players in a deal if they trade him. As for Gordon, I still like him as a player and since we are stuck with him, he needs to be in the 6th man spot. Grade: C+
Shooting Guards: Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Terico White, Rodney Stuckey.
I feel like Rip will get the starting spot here as long as he is still on the team. McGrady will be a solid backup even though everyone wishes that he was the T-Mac of old. As for White, I don’t know much about him but I’m guessing he won’t see much time. And as for Stuckey, this should be where he plays most of his minutes, not at point guard. Grade: B-
Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince, Kyle Singler, DaJuan Summers, Jason Maxiell.
Obviously, Prince will start for the Pistons on opening night for sure unless he is traded. I like the Singler pick and think that he could be a quality contributor off the bench. As for Summers, I’m unsure of how much he will play. Maxiell is a great energy guy and can be very useful defensively. Grade: C
Power Forward: Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko, Vernon Macklin, Charlie Villanueva.
I believe Villanueva will get the starting job by default and the fact he has a large contract. However, right behind him will be Jerebko, coming off of an Achilles heel injury. Daye will also get a few minutes because of his ability to shoot. Macklin is a good defensive prospect at this point. Grade: C
Center: Greg Monroe, Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox.
Monroe had a solid last season, and had 9.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. He looks like a solid player. Wallace is not the same player because he doesn’t have the “Fro” like he did years ago. And as for Wilcox, he will see a few minutes giving those two a break and possibly providing energy. Grade: B
Overall, I feel the Pistons will be better than last year (couldn’t get worse). Anyways, the Pistons should finish about third this year in the Central. Let’s hope Knight and Monroe can be bright spots in the strike shortened season. Grade: C