"Same old shit, different day."
- Red, "Shawshank Redemption.
"The Pistons suck."
-Friedrich Nietzche, probably
Two weeks ago was a simpler time. The Pistons had breezed through a 5-2 preseason, it appeared that Stan Van Gundy was going to have an immediate, and drastic, impact on Detroit basketball, and the Preseason Pistons Power Rankings had a Nietzche quote more as a joke than anything else.
Well, Nietzche was right when he said, "Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man." Associating hope with this Pistons season was an awful idea, it just made the beginning of this season that much more awful. The Pistons dropped to 28 in the SB Nation Power Rankings. But the thing is, after two straight wins and in the east, they just might be okay...
2. The Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers are awful so far as well. And while our ceiling isn't nearly as high as the Cavs', it's nice that there is breathing room in the Eastern Conference. As long as the Pistons can hover in that .500 range, the chance of Detroit making the playoffs is still there.
3. AHEM, WE SAID, "RIP, Josh Smith, SF"
You know things aren't going to plan when the Pistons' first win of the season came when we played our Big Three with Josh Smith at small forward. But then you realize Josh Smith went 2-17 that night and the Knicks are not a very good basketball team and it makes sense. It was a little better in the win against the Bucks, when he shot 5-14, but good grief, we're going to need something else to work if the Pistons actually want to make the playoffs. And heck, a two-game winning streak is a winning streak, and the Pistons will take what they can get at this point.
4. Caron Butler
Caron Butler was the only reason the Pistons didn't get blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. To repeat: Caron Butler was the only reason the Pistons didn't get blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He put up 24 points to help bring Detroit back from down 19, but the Pistons still lost, 97-91.
5. Greg Monroe
Grego Monroe, PF, on the other hand is a good look. After a tumultuous summer, Monroe has shown his worth early on this season. Moose was particularly efficient in the win against the Knicks, and DBB's Jason Brunskowski broke down just how helpful Monroe can be to this Pistons team.
Andre Drummond isn't making the big jump that many were predicting. He's averaging 10.8 points and 10.4 boards to go with 1.8 blocks, which is solid. But he isn't looking like the game-changing big man the Pistons are hoping for.
6. Stan Van Gundy
The season is still very, very young. But wow, things aren't going well so far. Depth is an issue for SVG, injuries and much of the team's personnel isn't the new coach's fault, but ugh, the Pistons haven't looked great so far.
7. Meet Buckets, the Creepiest Mascot Ever
Apparently, the Grand Rapids Drive aren't interested in being a family-friendly team.
Introducing our new mascot, Buckets! He's excited to meet all of the DRIVE fans this season! pic.twitter.com/BgToyX7OEK— Grand Rapids Drive (@grdleague) November 7, 2014
313. Best Coaching Staff Ever?
It was a short stint, but Allen Iverson was a Piston. And we got to thinking: can we get a coaching staff of just him and Rasheed?
Not Ranked: The Pistons were down by 19 points to the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves.