Monday, April 20, 2015

2014-15 Season Review: Small Forwards

The Pistons gave minutes to a variety of different players at the SF position throughout the 2014-15 season, with Caron Butler as the only player who saw the season through in the rotation.  Kyle Singler, the starter at the beginning of the season, was shipped to OKC at the trade deadline.  Tayshaun Prince begrudgingly made a return to The Palace, but couldn't hold the starting job down through the end of the year.  Caron Butler gave a consistent effort, but simply doesn't have much left in the tank at 34 years old.  Gigi Datome and Cartier Martin also saw minutes at the position, with limited productivity.  Even 6'10 Quincy Miller was given a chance to show what he can do at the position. The lack of a well-rounded, dependable option suggests that the SF position is in for a major overhaul this offseason.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2014-15 Season Review: Shooting Guards

The play from the Pistons' shooting guards this past season can best be described as inconsistent.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had nights where he looked like a borderline all-star (usually at home) and nights where he looked like he didn't belong in the league (on the road, mostly).  Jodie Meeks missed the first few weeks of the year with a back injury suffered in the preseason, but came roaring out of the gates once he did get on the floor.  After a hot December, Meeks cooled off considerably, becoming an anchor on offense as he didn't provide the shooting the Pistons so badly needed off the bench.  Although he heated up again towards the end of the season, Meeks' first year in Detroit was a bit of a disappointment.  Cartier Martin will also be discussed here to keep the SF post from being incredibly long.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2014-15 Season Review: Point Guards

With Brandon Jennings transforming his game following the release of Josh Smith and then tearing his Achilles, DJ Augustin's brief period as the starter, the emergence of Spencer Dinwiddie as a viable backup and the acquisitions of Reggie Jackson and John Lucas III, the Pistons' PG rotation saw more changes than any other spot on the roster in the 2014-15 season.  Through all of the uncertainty at the position, the Pistons received solid play all year long, with Reggie Jackson's dynamic play in the final month of the season providing an excellent exclamation point.   With John Lucas III the only point guard on the roster not under contract for next season, the Pistons should see more continuity next year, although the question of where Brandon Jennings is going to find his minutes will be a prevalent one.