If you watch The Starters on NBA TV, they have a segment where they point out the nightly "Whoa Boy!" This is basically the best line in the NBA on any given night, usually with monster performances in several categories. Without further ado, here are the nominees for the best Pistons "Whoa Boy!" games of the season.
#1 - Brandon Jennings 24 points, 21 assists vs. Magic (January 21, 2015)
No player had achieved a 20-20 game in points and assists since Steve Nash in 2009. That changed one night in January as Brandon Jennings put the Magic to the sword, shooting 10-21 from the field, despite having abysmal performances from both the three-point line (1-6) and FT line (3-5). Besides the 24 points and 21 assists, he had a game score of 24.8 (only his 6th best of the season), a plus-minus of +23 (season high), and only two turnovers. It was a breakout game considering his previous season high in assists was only 12. However, sadly, we all know what happened next game in Milwaukee.
#2 - Reggie Jackson 23 points, 20 assists vs. Grizzlies (March 17, 2015)
People knew Reggie Jackson had the capabilities to be an elite scorer in the league. Passing? That was a luxury. However, in 27 games as a Piston, he averaged 9.2 assists, peaking in this masterclass performance against the Memphis Grizzlies. The 10-point victory snapped the 10 game losing streak, and catapulted Reggie's game to better consistency. In this game, he shot 10-18 from the field, including 2-5 from three. He had a game score of 27.6 (season high) and a plus-minus of +24 (2nd highest). This assist performance broke his previous career high of 14, set in November while still a member of the Thunder. Also, remember how I said Jennings was the first points-assists 20-20 since 2009? Well, the Pistons are the first ever team to have two different points-assists 20-20s in one season, I'm guessing.
#3 - Andre Drummond 22 points, 25 rebounds, 15 offensive rebounds vs. Warriors (March 11, 2015)
This performance was even greater initially. As the video above states, it was originally 27 rebounds, 17 offensive rebounds, before Adam Silver royally screwed Dre over and took off 2 offensive rebounds. His initial 17 O-boards was 1 shy of the franchise record of 18 set by Dennis Rodman. In this game, Dre had 22 points on 11-23 shooting, and 15 offensive rebounds, 25 overall. His game score was 22.2 (8th) and his plus-minus was a paltry -8 (62nd), partly due to the fact that the score was only as close as it was due to garbage time. Still, a monster, if inefficient, line.
#4 - Greg Monroe 21 points, 21 rebounds vs. Nuggets (February 6, 2015)
Greg Monroe has had big games in the past, but a career first 20-20 night is always special. Monroe was feeding Faried the moose candy all night, and committing such heinous crimes on the Manimal that PETA rang afterwards. Monroe was very efficient, shooting 7-13 from the field and 7-9 from the line. He had a game score of 23.3 (4th) and a plus-minus of +10 (13th). Very importantly, 17 of his 21 rebounds were defensive, while when Andre has a big rebounding game, the off/def rebound split is closer to 50-50. Also, just quietly, count how many layups Jusuf Nurkic misses.
#5 - Reggie Jackson 26 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists vs. Magic (March 27, 2015)
What is it with Pistons PGs and the Orlando Magic? First Jennings records the first points-assists 20-20 since 2009 against them and now Jackson becomes the first Piston since Grant Hill in the 1990s to have multiple triple doubles in a season with this masterclass. While slightly inefficient from the field (9-19 FG, 1-2 3PT), he was aggressive and got to the foul line nine times (7-9). Also, this triple double was far more impressive than the empty trip-dub which came in an 11-point loss to Philadelphia. Here, Jackson had eight defensive rebounds, three turnovers and chipped in with a steal. He had a game score of 25.0 (5th) and a plus-minus-of +5 (32nd).
#6 - Brandon Jennings 35 points, 7 assists vs. Kings (January 4, 2015)
This nomination was a toss up between this outburst and his 37 point, 8 threes made against Indiana. I ultimately decided for more substantial production over a few extra threes. Besides, he was much more efficient this game. In fact, it was his best shooting performance of the season, going 14-21 from the field, and 5-8 from three. Adding 7 assists and a pair of steals and rebounds is a pretty complete game. He had a game score of 30.2 (1st) and a plus-minus of +12 (6th).
#7 - Jodie Meeks 34 points, 9 threes made vs. Magic...again (December 30, 2014)
Just one shy of the franchise record of 10 threes set by Joe Dumars, Jodie Meeks got hot, and stayed hot in Orlando. In the obvious bright spot of his inconsistent season, Meeks exploded from the field and shot 11-16 from the floor, including 9-11 from three. Rather hilariously, he missed a free throw to top it off. The main attraction was his second quarter, where he scored 20 points and went 6-6 from three. He had a game score of 26.4 (easily 1st) and a +/- of +19 (also 1st), and had us expecting big things from him which he ultimately failed to deliver.
So there are the 7 nominees for statline of the season. You can vote for your favorite below in the poll, and if there's one you feel I missed, have your say below.
Stats from basketball-reference.