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”
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.
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.
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”
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.