Fans across Michigan were extremely excited when it was announced the Detroit Pistons were signing Derrick Rose. After a resurgent season in Minnesota, it looked like the Pistons had gotten a steal in free agency.
What we’re now seeing is the Pistons have found themselves another dynamic duo.
The first, of course, is Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.
The new duo hitting the court this year is Rose and Luke Kennard.
In the last pre-season game against the Dallas Mavericks, the duo of Rose-Kennard combined to score 39 points and dish out seven assists. Last year, the Pistons bench as a whole scored 35.7 points per game.
The duo have not slowed down tonight.
Through one half of play against Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rose and Kennard have combined for 16 points on 7-13 shooting (Kennard is shooting 4-5).
The Pistons have lacked a real bench threat for years now, and have been relegated to picking up point guards from the local grave yard since 2015.
The addition of Rose has more than solved the backup point guard issue, but the real impact will be the offensive firepower off the bench of the Pistons new duo.
Kennard has looked aggressive in the first 2.5 pre-season games, something that fans and critics alike yelled for all last season.
If Kennard can carry over this aggression on offense into the regular season and Rose can can stay healthy for a good chunk of the season, opposing teams wont be salivating for the Pistons to go to their bench.
They’ll be just as scared to face the bench duo as they are to face the Twin Towers in the starting lineup.