Greg Monroe earns Pistons a C- in Sports Illustrated midseason grades

Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated delivered his midseason grades, giving the Pistons a C-:

On Feb. 1, Detroit lost its seventh straight game to fall to 4-20, and it was beginning to look like the player mutiny against then-coach John Kuester last season might not be the modern nadir of the franchise after all. But since then, the Pistons have won seven of nine, and with games against Cleveland and Toronto this week, they have a chance to go into the All-Star break with genuine momentum. Guard Rodney Stuckey has finally overcome injuries enough to help lighten the load on second-year center Greg Monroe, who is having a breakout year. The roster is still littered with terrible long-term contracts and laden with combo guards at the expense of those who make ball distribution a priority. And the bargain coach Lawrence Frank recently struck with his players — make a stop on defense and you can freelance on offense — sounds like the teaching process is at ground zero. But winning games while you develop a franchise center isn’t a bad way to end the first half.

To summarize: thank Basketball God for Greg Monroe.

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