With February rolling in I wanted to take a look at the progress of the young Pistons. From the games watched and discussions here, it looked as if Stuckey and AJ are improving, while J-Max and AA had hit the wall somewhat. Well, here are the numbers by month: The numbers support this assumption. Stuckey's numbers are rising, especially after January where he looked lost. He is being more assertive, gets to the line more, and shooting a higher percentage on his shots. Amir is gaining confidence, and his defense is improving with more meaningful playing time. Maxiell admitted to being tired, and this could be seen in his numbers decreasing - the blocks are down as well as points and field goal percentage. His rebounding, however, has been consistent, and his defense was good when used in proper situations. He will struggle against bigger opponents due to his height. Hopefully with reduction in minutes and the All-Star break, he'll regain some of his hops. Teams are also adjusting to his offensive game, so he needs to work on different things to become more dangerous there. AA's offensive game has really been non-existent as of late. He keeps jacking up 3-pointers, even though his percentage is atrocious. I'd rather see him get closer to the basket, and attack the basket a bit more, as he used to do earlier on the year. His defense, however, is there. He is not a shutdown defender yet, but he was able and make an impact on the defensive end, slowing down the opposition. There are still 29 games to go in the season and this is what I'd love to see from these four: Hot Rod - just keep doing what he's been doing in February, keep improving AJ - keep improving on defense, learn to be a bit more patient on defense and that would cut down on all the fouls he gets called for. Need to get stronger on the defensive glass as it has been a problem, especially when he is in together with Maxiell. Also needs to work on his free throws. He should be at least around 70%. AA - a bit more offensive continuity, and work on that jump shot to be more consistent. But it is his defense that will keep him on the roster J-Max - looks like he'll have to work harder in the offseason to be able to last during the season. I know it is only his 3rd season and he has never played this much in his career, but this is NBA and he has to be able to produce. Maybe talk to Rip a bit to get some ideas. Also needs to get better with his post moves and become a better defensive rebounder. That will be the key to his further development.