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Lawrence Frank’s goals went largely unmet by Pistons last year

 

51 seconds into this interview with Charlie Villanueva, a few banners in the Pistons practice facility are shown. Specifically, I want to assess how the Pistons did last season with Lawrence Frank’s “HOW WE PLAY” targets.

“HARD – SMART – TOGETHER”

Hard? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.

Smart? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.

Together? Not at all.

“PROTECT OUR PAINT 1st”

The Pistons allowed opponents to shoot 67.6 percent at the rim, the fourth-worst mark in the league.

“FORCE CONTESTED 2’S”

Detroit allowed opponents to shoot a league-high 52.3 percent on 2-pointers.

“GANG REBOUND”

The Pistons ranked 10th in offensive rebounding and 23rd in defensive rebounding, but it wasn’t exactly a team effort. Greg Monroe grabbed 16.5 percent of the Pistons’ rebounds. Only David Lee of the Warriors led his team’s top five in minutes played with a lower percentage and had a bigger drop to the second-best rebounder in that group.

“ATTACK MENTALITY”

Detroit took 32.1 percent of its shots at the rim, seventh in the NBA.

“HIGH ASSIST / LOW TO”

The Pistons assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 17th last year.

“TAKE GREAT SHOTS”

HoopData measures this:

XeFG%: Expected Effective Field Goal Percentage: Measures expected effectiveness of shot distribution for a team, assuming they shoot league average percentages from every area of the floor

The Pistons ranked 16th.

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