While Austin Daye Sits


–Ty Lawson, drafted #18th by Denver, is averaging 9.5 ppg and nearly 4 assists in over 22 minutes/gm.  Lately he’s been great, having scored 20+ in 3 straight games.  Even when the Nuggets have been healthy Lawson was consistently getting double digit minutes.

–Darren Collison, drafted #21 by New Orleans, is averaging 7 ppg and over 3 assists.  Plentiful playing time has been hard to come by for Collison since CP3 returned from injury, but Collison still sees action in every game, whether it be a shift in the first half or a short shift in the second half.

–Omri Casspi, drafted #23 by Sac-Town, plays over 27 minutes/gm, averages over 13 ppg (47% 3ptfgs) and almost 4 boards. 

–Taj Gibson, drafted #26 by Chicago, is tough, strong, and it shows, as he boasts 8 ppg and 6 boards in 24 minutes.

–That Eric Maynor guy is pretty good too.

–Chase Budinger can play.  And has tons of upside.

–DeJuan Blair has been, well, DeJuan Blair.

 

Take notice, with the exception of Denver, these other teams will likely not be in the playoffs, so them playing their rookies big minutes is not surprising.

Meanwhile, Austin Daye continues to sit as the team gets healthier, and more pathetic.

And for what?

Austin Daye’s ceiling is unbelievably high.  Find minutes for the guy.  Why can other teams figure this out but not Detroit?

Drafting the most physically weak player in the draft by far… why did this draft pick have to be such a project?

Joe Dumars, you make it too hard.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ Ben Gulker

    Yeah, this baffles me too. If we’re going to lose, we might as well lose while developing the young guys.

  • http://PistonPowered Dan Feldman

    I think there’s something to be said about players earning their minutes. It creates a winning environment when Daye only plays if he’s better than the man in front of him.

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  • http://nbaroundtable.wordpress.com/ Dave

    I think it’s too early to be playing young players over more useful veteran players. There is enough talent on this team to make the playoffs. They’re struggling now but Rip and Tayshaun are only just returning. Give them and the rest of the team more time to find their roles, rotation and chemistry.

    If the Pistons are still struggling by the All-Star break then I’d be more a lot more open to/interested in Austin Daye getting more minutes.

  • http://nbaroundtable.wordpress.com/ Dave

    On another note, for the love of all that is holy could John Kuester please, please, please stop playing Chris Wilcox?

    Playing Wilcox and Villanueva in the same game is too large of a deficit defensively. The rest of the team isn’t good enough defensively to make up for their negative contributions.

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    I wish Coach Kuester would go back to that Kwame Brown + Ben Wallace pairing (as starters) that he used in preseason. I thought that duo did an excellent job creating a defensive backbone, a team identity, they set a tone for the rest of the team. Everybody else followed suit.

    The starters don’t need to be a high quality offensive team when you have scorers like Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and Will Bynum coming off your bench.

    I also love seeing Ben Wallace get to play alongside a tough physical post player. It gives him a lot more freedom in his help defense.

  • http://lifeondumars.com/ toasterhands

    Dave,

    Yeah I agree, Ben and Kwame were decent together, but this team is struggling scoring so that won’t be any good

    Dan,

    You’re exactly right. Except that a winning environment for this season is no longer a possibility

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