Detroit Pistons Bench through the years

Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by adpreston1988, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. adpreston1988

    adpreston1988 First Round Draft Pick

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    I've finally come to realize that the BENCH is a huge factor as to why the Pistons have fallen apart in the playoffs year after year. If you look back to our bench from the 2003-2004 championship year to this past season it looks like:


    2004 - Mike James (PG), Mehmet Okur (PF/C), Corliss Williamson (PF)
    2005 - Carlos Arroyo (PG), Antonio McDyess (PF), Lindsey Hunter (PG)
    2006 - Carlos Arroyo (PG), Antonio McDyess (PF), Mauric Evans (SF)
    2007 - Lindsey Hunter (PG), Antonio McDyess (PF), Jason Maxiell (PF)

    As you can see over the years our bench has gotten weaker and weaker. We went from Lindsey Hunter having a minimal role off the bench in 2004 to Lindsey Hunter being the first PG coming off the bench.

    I really feel like the bench combination we had in 2004: a penetrating PG, jump shooting C/PF, and a grind it out PF is ideal for the playoffs. As you can see since then we haven't had that winning combination. I do believe Jason Maxiell fills that Corliss Williamson role perfectly as well as McDyess filling the Okur role. However, ever since we lost Carlos Arroyo we haven't had a solid PG backing up Chauncy Billups. Lindsey Hunter is a defensive specialist and should only come in during certain situations. He should NOT be the first PG coming off the bench. This is why the Pistons NEED to draft a PG (Law, Crittenton) with their #15 pick.
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    Nice analysis adp.

    I wouldn't even call Hunter a defensive specialist anymore. He's lost some of that quickness that allowed him to be in front of his man to prevent penetration and allowed for him to use his quick hands for the steal.

    He still has the quick hands, but he has lost several steps of foot speed which makes him out of position for the steal and in perfect position for a reach-in foul.

    Luckily, I think he'll be retiring to take his position in the front office, so we won't have to worry about it for next year.

    Now we just have to find a backup PG.
  3. mikhail1973

    mikhail1973 All-Star Administrator 1x Fantasy Champion

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    Our bench hasn't been structured correctly, and wasn't used in the way conducive to the team. There was never any rotation set or regular minutes given to the backups. The only sure thing was Dyess getting 20-25 minutes, after that it was a crap shoot.
  4. Warthog

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    our bench didn't get many minutes later in the playoffs when we won the championship. james averages like 4 minutes in the lakers finals, and we had plenty of blowout victories there.
  5. Ernie the Slow Adult

    Ernie the Slow Adult All-Star Forum Donor

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    From today's Boston Globe. What an idiot this guy is, huh?

    Popovich's 2005 team became the first in NBA history to win a title without a player averaging 35 minutes a game. His 2007 team became the second -- and Duncan barely averaged more than 34. He is not going to wear people out, and he understands the nature of an NBA season as well as anyone. The Spurs are terrific second-half finishers every year.

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