With the influx of a more European style of play, emphasizing shooting and opening driving lanes for dynamic swingmen, the Pistons look to be purposely trending in the other direction, as Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe look to be the frontcourt for years to come.
With Monroe being an improving midrange shooter, at one point making three straight 16-footers against Orlando, Detroit can have a healthy medium and ideally cause matchup problems with its size, going against the grain.
“From a defense-first standpoint, you still want rim protection,” Frank said. “You have to make it up somewhere. It’s like in baseball, you want to be good up the middle (defensively).”
I’m beyond pleased that the Pistons aren’t falling for this small-ball trend like they fell for an offensive shift before. Though I am and always have been partial to a bigger lineup in most cases, small ball has value at times. But just because the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder have successfully used small ball, that doesn’t mean the Pistons can. Most teams don’t have LeBron James or Kevin Durant to stick at power forward. Heck, put those guys at center and their teams will still be fine.