Please note that this what I think they will average this season, I wouldn't expect the Pistons to play every player on the roster each game.
Crazy. I don't think anyone actually expected all of this to happen this offseason, but it did. First I'd like to say that this deal has no cons for us. Brandon Jennings is more talented then BK7 (AKA he can pass the ball), and we really only paid him 8 mil. BK7 would've obviously got money near that, and we also got rid of Slava and Khris Middletons' combined 2.5 mil contract. It also does something the Pistons needed, which was to de-clutter our roster. We had way to many guards and forwards, so getting rid of Middleton and Slava who are 2 individuals that really don't have a place on our roster (although I like both of them) is a good move. So lets look at our point guard situation.
1. Brandon Jennings (30 minutes)
2. Chauncey (13 minutes)
3. Will Bynum (scrap time shared with Siva if we sign him)
4. Peyton Siva*
Consider Chauncey the mentor with limited playing time. He wasn't called "Mr. Big Shot" for nothing, and when him and KCP take the floor together, the floor will have great spacing. Chauncey was brought in to shape a point guard and Brandon Jennings has more talent to work with than BK7. I have confidence in Chauncey that he will teach Brandon Jennings how to play better. Unlike BK7, he already has very good passing- it's just the shooting. It's not that he is a bad shooter, it's simply that he goes for too many fadeaways. Then we move on to Bynum and Siva. There is little room for Bynum, and honestly no room for Siva. We have 48 minutes in the PG spot, assuming Jennings will get around 30, Chauncey has to get atleast 10 or so, and Bynum would get the remaining scrap time.
1. KCP (25 minutes)
2. Stuckey ( 18 minutes)
3. Luigi Datome (5 minutes)
KCP is a shooter, which we desperately need. It doesn't matter if he's not as good as he should be, if he can shoot, he's spreading the floor 24/7.KCP should have many opportunities and will likely be the #1 target in kick-out situations. I would expect him to get around 23-28 minutes per game. Stuckey however, not so much. I feel like Stuckey could shine though because he literally has no pressure on him. He doesn't have to carry Detroit, if he shoots bad-who cares? Everyone is going to be talking about Josh Smith, Jennings, Dre, and Moose. Luigi Datome probably will find himself playing his minutes at both the 2 and the 3. He is 6'8 so he is versatile and reminds of Nik Stauskus and Peja Stojakovic.
Small Forward. This is where it isn't as obvious. Most of you will probably say Josh Smith will be playing here, and while you're not wrong, I have a different opinion. In the Jennings trade, we got rid of Slava who is our only backup Center. We also let J-Max go to the Magic. So who does that leave us with? Josh Smith, Moose, Andre, Tony Mitchell, Charlie Villenueva and Luigi Datome. Of that group, only 2 players can play center- Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. With the plan to start Smith at the 3, Monroe at the 4, and Andre at the 5, we would have no replacement for Andre when he is benched for around 10-15 minutes. Because of this, we will see Smith and Monroe move up for around half of their minutes. When Andre goes out, Monroe goes to 5 and Smith at the 4. When Monroe gets benched, Smith moves to the 4. Because of that, Smith will likely only play 13-20 minutes at the 3. So here is the depth chart.
1. Josh Smith (15 Minutes)
2. Kyle Singler ( around 15 minutes)
3. Tony Mitchell ( will play some PF as well, likely only getting 7-10 minutes at the 3)
4. Luigi Datome (5 minutes or whatever scrap time is left)
Greg Monroe will of course play the 4 since it is his is his natural position. Assuming that Monroe has worked on his elbow-jumper, I think he could be a dominant 4/5. Smith will also get 15 minutes to shine in his natural position which should be very useful for him. This year I think Charlie V will be much more effective. He is a stretch 4 on a team that can't shoot. With Josh Smith playing the 3 at times, Charlie can spread the floor at the 4 and will allow room in the post (Charlie will be playing the 4 and Smith at the 3 simply because Charlie V can't guard 3's like J-Smoove). Tony Mitchell will also see time at the 4 since he is versatile. Jonas will not get anytime to shine. He isn't better than any other big men on the roster, he's to small to play the 5 and to slow to play the 3.
1. Greg Monroe (15 minutes)
2. Josh Smith ( 15 minutes)
3. Charlie V (10 Minutes)
4. (Tony Mitchell around 8 minutes or scrap time)
5. Jonas Jerebeko (Little to no minutes whatsoever)
As I explained earlier, the Center is a bare position. Andre will be getting the bulk of the minutes, but Monroe should do an effective job aswell. Monroe hasn't been good in the post, allowing 50% of post-ups. However, he can hang with the big dogs night-in and night-out with his post moves. Assuming he has worked on his mid-range jumper, he will actually be taking centers out of post. This will spread the floor out, especially if you have Charlie V playing the 4. This is what Stuckey, Jennings, and Singler will strive off of.
1. Andre Drummond (33 minutes)
2. Greg Monroe (15 minutes)
I think that Jennings is a better shooter than BK7 in my opinion which will be very effective in this lineup. KCP will spread the floor much more than Stuckey or Knight ever could, and he will also make the shots. Smith will hopefully work on his shots, but either way he will play at midrange a bit and slash in. Monroe will hopefully spread the floor a bit more than he previously did. if he works on his mid-range jumper, he will be an all-star. Drummond is just a defensive beast. Expect lots of inside scoring, rebounds, and blocks in this set.
Singler/ Datome/ Mitchell
Much more balanced lineup. Expect mid-range shooting with some inside scoring. Not as defensive, but still pretty good.
Athletic group that will push up the court. Lots of flashing plays, lots of blocks, and More inside scoring but some outside scoring too.
Good inside scoring, a little bit more spread out.
Smith/ Tony Mitchell
This is the most balanced attack we can bring. It looks great if you ask me. We have Drummond or Monroe manning the Center, Charlei V, KCP/Datome and possibly Chauncey spreading the floor allowing for slashing and post-ups. If Jennings is at point then he can drive in and kick out.
This lineup is filled with lobs and just simply running and getting fast break opportunities. Since Smith and Drummond are such good defenders, I would expect a lot of outlet passes to Jennings or Tony Mitchell to finish at the rim.
I feel like in the 2013-2014 season, the Pistons will get somewhere in the mid- high 40 win mark. I somewhat expect them to struggle right off the bat since our roster has little chemistry and we need to get Jennings and Smith to work well together. Next season our gameplan has to be the pick and roll up top. Moving a big man out of the paint such as Josh Smith and having the option for Jennings to drive in or for Smith to take the mid-range shot (I'm confident that when Smith is open, he will knock down a mid-range shot). Monroe and Charlie V could also do very well in the pick and roll situations (hopefully Monroe can improve from mid-range). This season definitely looks to be cluttered as the Pistons have a lot of depth in most positions. I think our time to shine will be in the 2014-2015 season when we have established chemistry, Mo Cheeks can establish himself as head coach (hoping that he can tie Lawrence Frank's record for 2 years as head coach), and Rodney Stuckey and Charlie V are gone allowing other players to get some room. Like it or not, this is the new Pistons. We have a LOT of young players and the season should solely come down to how Mo Cheeks can work the depth chart and to make the most efficient roster we can get. If you just look at the talent we have, we could go to the ECF. However, that's VERY unlikely simply because we have no chemistry and some players need to adjust their game styles.
Thanks for reading.