Twenty-six year-old guard D.J. Augustin has signed a two-year,$6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The former No. 10 overall pick has had anything but a spotless career, but could be on the verge of a comeback after a successful season with the Chicago Bulls. Joining Augustin will be veteran forward Caron Butler, 34, who is set to make $4.5 million next season with the Pistons.
A Piston is back on top of the leaderboards. It may only be the Summer League, but two games in, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leading the Orlando Summer League in points per game(28) and is top-five for rebounds per game (8.0). During Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Caldwell-Pope averaged a basket for almost every two minutes he was on the court.
The 2-0 Pistons should welcome these stats after a disappointing rookie season for their shooting guard.
It seems so long ago that the Detroit Pistons were the perennial powerhouse in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. What happened to the team that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals and back-to-back NBA Finals appearances?
June 1 marked the 10-year anniversary of when the Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 69-65, which sent them to their first Finals appearance since 1990.
Cleveland has done it again.
They have somehow managed to win the NBA lottery once again, yet disappoint a city full of thousands of fans in a matter of seconds.
This time, I am not even talking about Cleveland fans. They have enough problems. And poor Pistons fans wince at Cleveland’s luck this time. Read More…
Almost a full month has passed since former president of the Pistons organization Joe Dumars stepped down from his position. Dumars’ long awaited departure from the general management position added a second vacant spot on the team. The first and longest vacant position the team has is that of head coach.
Dumars had a long history of firing head coaches after short periods with the team and let Maurice Cheeks go halfway through this past season. Since then, John Loyer, an assistant coach who worked with Cheeks for many years in three different cities, has been running the team.
The 2013-14 NBA season is winding down, and the Detroit Pistons are sitting outside of the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
What personnel deserves to return next season? Horsepower takes you through “Trash ‘Em or Keep ‘Em” where the coach, general manager and each player are evaluated and given a final result of ‘trash ‘em or ‘keep ‘em.
Expectations for the Pistons coming in to the 2013-2014 season were quite high. With the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, it seemed as if it was finally time for the Pistons to end their playoff drought.
Currently, Detroit is 24-39 and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team’s lack of success has led to first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks getting fired and, presumably, general manager Joe Dumars also getting fired at season’s end.
Every decision in recent history, that Joe Dumars and Tom Gores have made, have led the Detroit Pistons their team to this the point where they stand today: a general manager and an owner of a team that still cannot make the playoffs despite being in an awful conference.
Dumars’ and Gores’ decisions has have led them to a 24-38 record as the team plows through the final two months of the regular season. Since the “glorious” days of Darko Milicic, in which the Pistons actually were contenders won things, fans and members of the organization have gotten antsy.
Throughout the last few years, the Charlotte Bobcats have easily been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA. With Michael Jordan working in the front office, one would think that the team would do better.
While Charlotte has had flurries of hope over the last five years, including a playoff appearance in the 2009-10 season, the following seasons at or near the bottom of the East is not the turnaround the franchise hoped for.
Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons finished their two-game Florida road trip against the Orlando Magic.
The Magic had no trouble scoring against the Pistons’ defense, scoring more than 30 points in the second and third quarters. It was another lackluster performance from the Pistons as they lost 112-98.
The Detroit Pistons looked to end their four-game losing streak Tuesday night when they hosted the Orlando Magic.
Detroit completely outplayed the Magic, outscoring them by 12 points in the second quarter and eight points in the third.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings also had a solid game for Detroit, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists. Read More…
Wednesday night, the Pistons traveled to Wisconsin to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks came into the game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-32.
The Pistons led by six points at halftime, but could never break away. Detroit’s second half struggles continued and the Pistons lost the game, 104-101.
While their history may be legendary, the past few years for the Detroit Pistons’ basketball organization have been the complete opposite.
The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009 and these past four years have been brutal on the organization. They have finished No. 12 (2010), No. 11 (2011), No. 10 (2012) and No. 11 (2013) in the Eastern Conference over the past four years and just have not been able to pull themselves out of their slump. Read More…
What was once considered a slow start is now turning into a disappointing season for the Detroit Pistons.
As owners of a 14-22 record and a six-game losing streak after their loss to the Raptors Wednesday, underachieving might be an understatement. There have been a rash of injuries and a few benchings along the way, but the season is still young. Luckily for Pistons fans, there are a few bright spots for coach Cheeks’ squad. Read More…
The Detroit Pistons had a busy week, facing off against the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic.
Detroit hosted the Rockets on Saturday, where the matchup to watch was Andre Drummond against Dwight Howard. Early on, it was clear who was the better player, as Howard put up 14 points in the first quarter and forced Drummond out of the game.
The Detroit Pistons came into this week losing three games in a row, including two blowouts at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.
How would the team fare against two of the best teams in the league (Indiana and Portland) and a couple of teams (Charlotte and Boston) fighting for a playoff spot? Read More…
BMO Harris Bradley Center hosted the Pistons, on December 4, to take on the struggling Bucks. Detroit jumped out to a seven-point lead after the first quarter. Andre Drummond was a force early in the paint, scoring seven points and grabbing six boards to lead the Pistons.
But the Bucks charged back, opening the second quarter on a 19-5 run to take a 38-31 lead midway through the frame. Read More…
On Friday night, the Detroit Pistons (4-8) fell short at home to the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three days. Despite a number of late runs by the Pistons, the Hawks held the lead for the majority of the game and pulled away in the end. The turning point in the game occurred under two minutes to go in the game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder came to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday for the first and only time this season.
The Pistons held on to a slim two-point lead after the first quarter, mostly due to 10 points by Josh Smith. But Kevin Durant and the Thunder charged back, taking an 11-point lead late in the second quarter. Less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Pistons tied the game back up at 56. Read More…
With the recent return of guards Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Jennings, the Pistons find themselves in a sticky situation. Currently they have five guards on their roster, all of which have performed well when given the opportunity. Read More…