- Teams: Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons
- Date: December 20, 2013
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons recently won back-to-back road games against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. With these two victories, Detroit is once again flirting with a .500 record.
The Pistons are currently seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference and seem to be picking up some steam. By no means can we say they have turned the corner just yet, but they certainly appear as though they understand their own identity.
Tonight, they take on a team that is trailing them in the standings. Much like the Pistons, the Charlotte Bobcats have playoff aspirations that are currently being humored mostly because the east is atrocious.
The Bobcats are a difficult team to figure out because they are oddly constructed. Indeed, a look at the roster reveals a series of names that one practically expects to participate in the D-League All-Star Game.
To be fair, there are somewhat talented guys on the team, but none of them have the potential to become All-Stars.
Instead, we are treated to a series of players that shined brightly in college, but that were not quite cut out to enjoy similar success in the professional ranks. Ben Gordon and Al Jefferson are probably the lone exceptions.
The former Piston had some remarkable postseason showings with the Chicago Bulls and then seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth (admit it, you had no idea he was still in the league).
Jefferson has been productive in the Association and enjoyed some individual success during his career. Noticed I said individual success. The rest of the team evokes memories of the NCAA tournament and not much else.
Seriously, read these names out loud and try recalling the last time they were truly relevant:
- Kemba Walker
- Jeff Adrien
- Brendan Haywood
- Chris Doulgas-Roberts
- Gerald Henderson
- Josh McRoberts
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
This is not a knock on the players but rather a look into the architecture of the team. The roster is incredibly flawed and coincidentally, the team has been bad for a long period of time.
Still, it’s worth noting that they are in the thick of things in the conference because their defense has kept them there. Their record might not be great, but there is still something to be said about the fact that they have accumulated more wins than the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.
Make no mistake, Charlotte might lack talent, but they play with great intensity and show up to games with confidence. In other words, the Pistons better still take them seriously.