In a CBS Sports evaluation of several NBA questions at the quarter-point of the season, Matt Moore picked Lawrence Frank as his most disappointing coaching performance:
Matt Moore: It pains me to say this because I think he’s limited by his roster and will work out in the long-run for the Pistons, but Lawrence Frank has disappointed. Signing veterans with limite upside and impact isn’t his fault, but relying on them is. The pieces are there for the Pistons to come together, but it simply hasn’t so far this year.
I don’t really see what else Frank could do, to be honest. I think he is actually playing his young players quite a bit. Brandon Knight moved into the starting lineup early on, Greg Monroe has a primary role in the offense and Jonas Jerebko is playing about 30 minutes a game. The knock many people have is probably in reference to Austin Daye, but his mix of an injured ankle and poor shooting has made it harder to give him consistent minutes. Other than Vernon Macklin, a marginal prospect at best, there’s not much more youth on the roster that Frank could be playing.
But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom from CBS. Royce Young thinks Knight has an outside shot at Rookie of the Year:
Ricky Rubio is the first quarter ROY, and Kyrie Irving is right there with him, but don’t count out Kemba Walker and even Brandon Knight, who had quietly been playing well in Detroit early on.
Knight will certainly get the minutes to have a shot at the award, but his production will have to drastically improve to catch Rubio and Irving.