Two Rooks Doing Work

Austin Daye continues to sit more than he plays.

The guy has shown he can play a little.  He’s no clown who needs to be baby sat like Darko Milicic.

There’s minutes to be had for Daye.  How about one 5-7 minute shift in the first half at least?  Let’s be creative, Kuester.  No, no, I’m not one of those people calling for the firing of Kuester.  But really, Detroit is 53 games under .500… let’s see what we got in that 15th overall pick (besides knowing he has a quick sense of humor).  Like I’ve said before, I think it could be something real good.

(via PistonsNation)

Oh well, at least these two rookies drafted after Daye are showing what they’re made of on the hardwood.

Darren Collison (21st pick)

Saturday vs. Bobcats

42 minutes played, 9-17 from the field, 5 boards, 4 feeds… 24 points

*Just about a week ago Collison had an 18 assist game and a 14 assist game

Ty Lawson (18th pick)

Saturday vs. Utah

36 minutes played, 8-13 from the field, 4 boards, 4 feeds…25 points

Man oh man it irks me to know that between New Orleans and Denver they have four legit point guards and Detroit doesn’t even have one (not a knock on Stuckey).

Oh well, at least we have 11 small forwards…

Tops in the Association!

  • brgulker

    Let’s wait until the trade deadline.

    Tay and Rip are being marketed … I don’t like saying that, but that’s the truth.

    If Tay is gone, there’s suddenly lots of available minutes for Daye.

    If Rip’s gone, there may be some extra minutes here and there as well.

  • toasterhands

    Ah yeeesss, brgulker, you are always the voice of reason.

    I’ll be ecstatic when Prince goes, but not so much when Rip goes.

  • brgulker

    I, too, will miss Rip greatly.

    I attended last night’s game, and it was Rip bobblehead giveaway night … I couldn’t help but wonder if they were trying to get rid on them on purpose.



    It’s clear that, at least this season, the Pistons are going no where. Can you think of a better time to develop young players? I’m in, find minutes for Daye.


    What do you think about dealing Ben Wallace for a future pick/player/trade exception? I think it makes sense.

  • toasterhands

    Makes sense Nugglove, actually I think Ben on the Nuggs would put them over the top provided Ben was fine with coming off the bench. Though the only intriguing player they have to offer (enticing to Detroit anyway) is Lawson, and I’m pretty sure he’s untouchable.

  • brgulker

    Honestly, if we trade Ben Wallace, I’ll stop watching the Pistons.

    That would be beyond shrewd business; it would be heartless.

    Ben came here to end his career where it really began. Joe had better not do that to him.

  • toasterhands

    I vehemently concur with you gulker, but it is fun to picture how other players would fit on contending teams.

    Ben on Dallas might work too.

  • brgulker

    Phew. Yeah, Big Ben would work on almost all the contenders, if you ask me.


    I’m not sure trading Ben Wallace would be heartless, don’t you think he wants to win (at least that was what I got from his interview with ESPN)? If he wants to stay in Detroit than you obviously don’t make the trade, but if he does I think that’s a direction you have explore. Obviously, you guys couldn’t get a Lawson but you could get something to help you in the future (pick/young player/etc).

  • brgulker

    I agree, in principle, but everything that Detroit fans know seems to indicate that Big Ben came here first and foremost to end his career here.

    Obviously, everyone in the organization thought they’d be winning more, but it seems to me that contending wasn’t on the top of Big Ben’s priority list.