Searching for the Perfect Bench: Blake-is-Bad Version

Recently, in the comments...

we definitely need tangible trade scenaios

by sauce1977 on Dec 4, 2015 | 1:23 PM

We ain’t got shit, sadly. No trade value. Maybe if Jennings plays hot in January and February. Maybe Ilyasova. Otherwise, we’ve got nothin.

by Mike Payne on Dec 4, 2015 | 1:54 PM

I've done a piece like this the past few years, but before I was looking for the perfect '3'. I think with Marcus Morris and Stanley Johnson, the Pistons have finally found what they've been looking for at the position, at least for now. So it seemed that my annual piece would no longer be needed.

However, as I was reading the comments in that thread about the dominance of the starters, I realized that I could jigger the concept a bit and start looking for bench pieces. Thus, this December's "Searching for the perfect..." was born. (Two days after my fourth son!)

I used NBA stats to search players. I did not use advanced metrics. Here are the filters I applied.

-Players have played less than 10 games this year.

-Players are averaging less than 20mpg.

-Players are shooting greater than 30% from 3 point range.

-Players are shooting at least one 3 pointer per game.

I figured that, as said in the linked post about the starters, that the Pistons really have no dispensable tradable assets. There's the starting five, Stanley Johnson, and little else. Because of this, I searched for players who are not playing a big role on their teams, and thus the teams may not value them as highly. I could have searched without the limit on games played, but I need to narrow things down somehow, so this is how it is.

I also put the qualifier on three point shooting because I feel one of the biggest needs of the bench is scoring. Facilitating is huge as well, but that's hard to quantify with stats when you don't have film to back them up, and I don't have the time or resources to scout like that. So efficient bench scoring is our focus, even though an inefficient player like Jamal Crawford might help even more because of his ability to create offense.

Another link to stats.

Here's the list of forwards:

Player Team GP MPG 3FG% RPG APG PPG +/-
Steve Novak OKC 1 1.1 100 1 0 3 -1
Lance Stephenson LAC 8 15.6 62.5 3.5 1.1 5.5 -2.3
Tony Snell CHI 4 19 53.5 4.3 0.8 8 12.5
Channing Frye ORL 7 12.3 45.8 3.3 0.1 6.6 0.9
Damjan Rudez MIN 8 8 45.5 0.8 0.5 2.6 0.6
Andrew Nicholson ORL 10 18.9 42.3 4.3 0.3 8.3 3.2
Luke Babbitt NOP 9 15.5 34.8 3 0.4 4.3 -2.7
Kris Humphries WAS 3 11.4 33.3 3.7 0.7 4.3 4
Jared Sullinger BOS 3 19.6 33.3 6 1.7 9.3 -2.7

And here is a list of guards:

Player Team GP MPG 3FG% RPG APG PPG +/-
Seth Curry SAC 10 9 69.2 0.5 0.9 4.7 1.9
Kirk Hinrich CHI 5 14.9 57.1 0.6 1.6 5.6 -1.2
Ty Lawson HOU 8 17.5 50 0.9 2.5 5.6 -1.5
Nik Stauskas PHI 5 17.4 50 1.8 1.6 6.8 1
Troy Daniels CHA 6 4.2 42.9 0.7 0.2 2 2
Ben McLemore SAC 6 15.7 42.9 1.5 1.3 7.3 1.2
Marcelo Huertas LAL 8 12.7 40 1.9 2.9 3.8 -0.9

Ok, I lied, I looked up some advanced metrics, namely NetRtg, TS% and eFG%.

-Players have a positive NetRtg.

-Players have a TS% above 50.

-Players have a eFG% above 50.

These guys showed up on the list above and the advanced metrics list:

Player NetRtg TS% eFG%
Seth Curry 8.7 82.4 82
Damjan Rudez 1.5 75.6 73.1
Andrew Nicholson 6.2 53.8 52

So now that we know the stats, let's look at the contract information. I'm sorting the players based on the shortest-to-longest contracts, and then cheapest-to-priciest. Here, I figure that a player on a short term contract is easier to acquire, since the team doesn't control them long term.

Conversely, the guys on long and expensive deals might also be available if their current teams aren't using them as much as they thought they would.

Players on long-term cheap deals are the least likely, because I really don't think we have the assets to acquire them.

All figures come from the ESPN Ron Marshall Trade Machine. I was going to use but it appears to no longer be updated. I don't know about free agent status for those with one year, whether they'll be restricted or unrestricted. Blue are guards, green are forwards. Orange is Lance Stephenson.

Player Name Salary This Year Years Left
Marcelo Huertas 525,000 1
Troy Daniels 947,300 1
Andrew Nicholson 2,400,000 1
Jared Sullinger 2,600,000 1
Kirk Hinrich 2,900,000 1
Steve Novak 3,800,000 1
Seth Curry 947,300 2
Luke Babbitt 1,100,000 2
Damjan Rudez 1,100,000 2
Tony Snell 1,500,000 2
Ben McLemore 3,156,600 2
Kris Humphries 4,400,000 2
Lance Stephenson 9,000,000 2
Ty Lawson 12,400,000 2
Nik Stauskas 2,900,000 3
Channing Frye 8,200,000 3

So there's the list, DBB. Underused, three-point-shooting guards and forwards from across the league that could come to Detroit and save the bench. I'll leave trade SCENAIOS up to you, and look forward to seeing you in the comments.

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