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.
This week on Horsepower Cameron Billes returns to the mic. Billes and Colin Jackson debate potential Pistons draft choices, Greg Monroe’s future with the team, the highs and lows of the last season plus what to look forward to during the summer for the NBA.
Josh Smith’s first season in Detroit was less than spectacular.
With three years remaining on Smith’s contract, front office team Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower must decide whether or not to keep or shop Smith. Given his poor performance last season and the size of his contract, it is unlikely the duo will be able to unload Smith even if they wanted to. Read More…
Pistons power forward Greg Monroe’s contract is up. He has been in the NBA for four years and is no closer to an NBA title than the day he was drafted with the Pistons’ first round pick in the 2010 Draft.
This last season, defense was a major issue for Monroe due to the fact that the team’s three big men had trouble discerning their defensive roles. Monroe’s average rebounds, blocks and steals all decreased the past season compared to the previous year before small forward Josh Smith was added to the roster.
Ask any Detroit Pistons fans what their biggest disappointment of the last decade in Detroit was and their response would probably relate to Joe Dumars.
Dumars made mistake after mistake — from drafting Darko Milicic, trading for Allen Iverson, signing Ben Gordon, unloading Ben Gordon on Charlotte and the list goes on.
Amidst the mistakes, one thing he did right was not sign anybody currently on the roster to a maximum contract. A few players like Josh Smith and Charlie Villanueva are especially overpaid. Villanueva was included along with the original disastrous Ben Gordon deal.
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…
A No. 8 seed beating a No. 1 seed-that is exactly what basketball fans have witnessed three times so far this postseason. The Indiana Pacers are currently down two games to one to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Atlanta’s playoff success is important for a few reasons. First off, it shows that the best record does not necessarily reflect the best team. Second, it shows how quickly a team can collapse, especially when its 7-foot-2 center is completely absent from his own body and the team’s star scorers are not performing well either. Third and probably most importantly to Pistons fans, it shows what could potentially have been theirs: a first round playoff series win.
The Pistons’ season is finally over, Joe Dumars is officially no longer president of the organization and the head coaching position is currently blank.
After this season’s team dynamic issues, chances are that the Piston squad, which fans see on the court next season, will not include the exact starters they saw this past year.
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.
It is clear that Josh Smith is just taking up space on the Pistons’ roster.
The team needs to do some major overhauling this upcoming offseason because Joe Dumars got burned last year with the Smith signing. This year, the front office needs to be smarter in its decisions. Detroit may not be a huge basketball market anymore like Miami or Los Angeles, but as long as it markets itself well, it may be able to draw in big names.
Three NBA Championships, five Eastern Conference titles and nine division titles have all been part of Pistons’ general manager Joe Dumars’ career in Detroit. Now, despite being a part of the organization as either a player or in the front office for nearly three decades, Dumars’ job in Detroit is in question.
All great partnerships must come to an end eventually. Brett Favre could not play in Green Bay forever, nor could Phil Jackson coach the Bulls another year after winning six titles with Michael Jordan. The Colts had to separate from Peyton Manning and even the Eagles had to decide whether or not to part with long-time coach Andy Reid.
23-34 is not usually the record of a team in playoff contention.
Through a coach firing, bricks galore and a horrible conference, the Detroit Pistons miraculously find themselves four games out of the playoffs with 25 games remaining. Their recent 1-5 stretch has not helped their chances, but with no one wanting to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, Detroit is in prime position to screw up yet another season.
With just two weeks until the All-Star break, the Pistons find themselves a half game out of the playoffs in an embarrassingly weak Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Joe Dumars will almost certainly make a move that could make or break the season.
Jeff Green was a standout at Georgetown before being drafted No. 5 overall in 2007 by the Boston Celtics. He was traded to Seattle on draft night and spent three years with the SuperSonics and the Thunder. Green was traded back to the Celtics in 2011 at the trade deadline, but missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a heart complication
The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Detroit Pistons are right in the middle of trade discussions. Who would look good in the Pistons’ red and blue? Who could be packing their bags to a new hometown?
There are four weeks until the deadline, and each week until then, Horsepower will be informing you on potential deals the Pistons could make.
This week features a former Piston and one of the most under appreciated players in the entire league.
Detroit looked to extend their winning streak to three games Friday night, when they hosted the Utah Jazz.
The underwhelming Jazz have struggled this season, but a terrific performance by rookie Trey Burke helped them end the Pistons’ streak. Burke led all Jazz players with 20 points and added 12 assists in their 110-89 victory over Detroit.
After a MLK Day drubbing by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Detroit Pistons found themselves with a record of 17-24. At this time last year, an “inferior” Pistons squad was 16-25. The addition of superstars does not guarantee success, I suppose. Detroit must do something to break out of their funk and take advantage of a weak Eastern Conference, and it starts with the starting lineup.
The Pistons are currently riding a two-game winning streak after they had previously lost six in a row. With an easy stretch in the schedule coming up, will they be able to continue their winning ways?
Horsepower discusses Andre Drummond’s bid for the upcoming All-Star Game, why Rodney Stuckey is still in contention for Sixth Man of the Year, and whether or not Josh Smith and Greg Monroe can continue to coexist. 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 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…