There were hints in a recent article that Joe is done making moves for the Summer "Unless someone bowls me over with an offer". This is what we roll with: C- Nazr Mohammed, Rasheed Wallace, Dale Davis PF- Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, Jason Maxiel, Amir Johnson SF- Tayshaun Prince, Carlos Delfino, Amir Johnson, Ronald Dupree SG- Richard Hamilton, Ronald (Flip) Murray, Lindsey Hunter, Alex Acker PG- Chauncey Billups, Lindsey Hunter, Will Blalock, Alex Acker Fifteen man roster complete. So how do these new players fit in with the veteran core? Will they improve on the departed players Ben, Delk & Cato? The depth chart (discussed in another thread) is open for debate. Flip eluded to the fact that starters will have to get used to resting more (even when they don't want to)... whether you believe Flip or not there has to be some decisions on the bench players. Is Delfino a mainstay?... Can we count on his to be the slasher and outside threat at the SF/SG position. With the acquisition of Flip does that mean that Delfino is viewed solely as a SF? We know he's a decent defender (when healthy)... how many minutes would be fair to evaluate his potential... do we just hand over the position and say it's yours to lose? Amir Johnson- Is he destined for another year in the D-League? It would appear that he's stuck behind Delfino and J Max... or will he give either of these guys stiff competition? J Max- Does he get a shot as long as McDyess is on the roster... another year on the pines waiting for an injury? What is considered fair PT for the Brahma? Flip Murray- This player is very intriguing. Joe said that he's a good defender, contrary to his reputation. He can break teams down off the dribble. He can spot up and shoot. Not known for a consistent long range shot (just like Rip two years ago). He's listed as 6' 4" or 6' 3"... is this really big enough to defend averaged sized SGs? Does Flip really have the handles and aptitude to run a team as a PG? What about defending quick PGs off the dribble? Flip has a player option after this year. He has a lot to prove if he wants to get a decent long term offer... does he just go for the scoring stats? He's received a lot of negative reaction from this forum... but we do owe his a fair shake to win us over... whatcha got Jr.? Alex Acker- No guarantees he'll even be on the roster. Management has already stated that he's better suited as a SG... well that opportunity went out the window with Flip coming on board. Rumors are that Macabi is interested. If that's the case Acker is free as a bird after his Euro deal is over... what happened to all of the "We really like him he was a steal at #60" talk? We only have two spots available at Sioux Falls (D-League) with Amir and Blalock that may not be an option for Acker (the more seasoned player). Will Blalock- A PG with handles... can drive and a willing distributor. Can he keep teams honest with a perimeter game. From the two games I saw in the SL this is a legit concern... for that matter is there any of our young prospects that is a perimeter threat? Blalock was a junior in college so he does have experience running a team in a major program. The the question is... can he stick on the Pistons roster... or is he destined for a long stint in the D-League this year... The answer depends on how Flip views Flip Jr as a backup PG. Are we counting on Hunter to run the show off the bench or just as a defensive stopper and a veteran for the playoffs? Ronald Dupree- Deja vu all over again (X3)... we know his game... slash and get out on the break. Decent defender (open for debate) and a team guy. Not much deep range but can hit a mid range shot. He's never sniffed enough hardwood to show what he could do as a backup (unless you're looking at Chicago). Is Dupree even a threat to Delfino for minutes?... Or is he nothing more than insurance? One man's opinion? This and $1 will buy ya a roll of TP I believe that Delfino will finally receive a real opportunity to win the spot at backup SF... the decision time is now and he's not trade-able pulling splinters out of his arse. I would say he even gets preferential treatment over any of the other SF prospects... It's his to lose. He knows the plays and he can defend... so there should be a lost mentality. How long he gets this shot is up for discussion. Amir- From what he has shown in the SL he appeared to have taken a step back. He simply was not a factor on either side of the ball... considering that he's still learning the SF position and working on improving his handles and perimeter game it he would be an obvious choice for the minors for one more year. Acker- I'm guessing that he takes an offer from a Euro club. The Flip signing was a big blow and he can read the writing. Blalock- Because of the need for a true PG the kid has a shot to stick with the big club... but I'm thinking they may want to give him some regular PT in Sioux Falls... it could be a case of going down and up a couple times depending on how well our backup PG's do (and health). J Max- Something says that he's going to get some burn... there is nothing left to prove in the SL and he wasn't a candidate for the D-League last year. There's always the possibility of a early season trade to make room (or he's shipped)... first man in if there's a big man injury. 5 MPG? Flip- I think they'll give him quality minutes at the backup SG and maybe short stints at PG... best guess is 12-15 minutes. Dupree- Get yourself a good magazine my friend... your just there in-case Delfino fails or someone gets hurt. Your thoughts?