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...failing to live up to expectations: Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Prince, SF, Detroit Pistons Prince still has those long arms on defense and the ability to give you a little bit of everything on offense, but he’s contributing just a little bit less of everything for a confused Detroit team. His shooting is cold (41.6 percent after consistently hitting around 46 percent to 48 percent for his career), but the non-scoring numbers that get at the 31-year-old’s activity level are more worrisome — and perhaps indicate age is finally catching up to him. Prince’s assists, rebounds and free throws are all way down, and he just hasn’t been as dynamic a presence on defense this season. Some of this is due to the context in Detroit, where rookie guard Brandon Knight has added yet another ball-handler with whom everyone must share, Greg Monroe is snagging boards and assists all over the place and the team is struggling badly in general. Prince is on a reasonable contract (four years, $28 million), and he provides a veteran presence. But he’s also standing in the way of some young guys, especially Austin Daye, and he’d be more valuable in a limited role on a good team. http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2012/01/20/some-failing-to-live-up-to-expectations/

Pick #8: Bismack Biyombo

Motor City, meet the next Ben Wallace. The biggest question surrounding Biyombo at this juncture is how much of what he does so well is legal in the NBA. The Congolese forward is a relentless defender, ferocious rebounder and the perfect complement to last year's top pick, Greg Monroe, in the Pistons' frontcourt. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/05/17/mock.draft.1/index.html

Arron Afflalo is awesome

What Afflalo lacks in name recognition he makes up for in credentials. He has the best true shooting percentage (which incorporates two-pointers, three-pointers and free throws) of any "2" guard in the league this season, averaging 12.9 points on an economical 9.2 shots, and he is threatening to join the ultra-exclusive 90-50-40 club (90 percent from the free-throw line, 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three). In the Nuggets' first game with a revamped roster, against Boston, they led by four with 2½ minutes left. In the span of 30 seconds, Afflalo made a jumper and a three-point play to bury the Celtics. A week later in Utah, the Nuggets led by one with 12 seconds left when Afflalo took a pass from Felton and made a three-pointer to finish the Jazz.


Lately I've been thinking about this paraJOD paradox—nay, this totally unoriginal observation! DBB, have you noticed that for each of the five starters from the 2004 Pistons, their on-court...

DET being patient with DEN, NJ.

With $17 million worth of savings coming its way, Det will be patient with Den & NJ. No timetable for them to get deal done, sources say. http://twitter.com/Chris_Broussard/status/24915792080408576
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