Joe Dumars, among his other problems in the last several years, has done a terrible job of communicating his views to diehard Pistons fans.
Dumars wants to remain behind the scenes, and when he speaks publically, he doesn’t want to reveal too much. I get that.
But when the Pistons are as bad as they’ve been lately, only diehard fans are listening anyway, and simple platitudes won’t placate them.
Thankfully, Zach Lowe of Grantland has pulled incredible information from Dumars in an amazing Q&A. The discussion includes:
- How Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond can learn from the Hawks and Grizzlies (a topic I expounded upon at ProBasketballTalk)
- How the Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade came to fruition
- The subtle differences between Jennings and Brandon Knight
- Dumars’ research into Jennings’ background
- Why Dumars expects more from Monroe defensively (a topic Lowe previously covered)
- Drummond’s simple free-throw mistakes
Here’s one example of the depth of their conversation:
In contrasting Knight with Jennings, one little thing stood out: They are both good 3-point shooters, and Knight has actually been a little better. But Jennings takes a ton of 3-pointers off the dribble on the pick-and-roll, and shoots very well on those shots, while Knight takes most of his from spot-up situations — when he doesn’t have the ball until it is passed to him. Did you notice the same thing? It seems like that fits with what you’re talking about.
You’ve done your homework. We like his ability to score off the bounce, if you will — to be able to pull up and make shots, and come off a pick and penetrate, and dish, and score those little floaters in the lane. We feel it’s imperative to do all of that in today’s game.
And now we have people for him to get the ball to. I’d also say this: We like his ability to see the floor. He shoots a lot, but it’s not that he doesn’t see the floor well. During the four days we were talking about the trade, we broke down hours and hours and hours of film of him, watching him, offensively, just watching his assists. Just watching to see: “Does he see the floor?” And for us, that really hammered it home.
I don’t have a lot to add. Read the whole thing, and you’ll be a smarter fan.