Good stat/bad stat for the Detroit Pistons to start the season
Good stat: Assists
The Detroit Pistons are currently 4th in the NBA in assists, dishing out 28 per game. When you consider they were near the bottom of the league in this category last season, it’s a monumental improvement, part of the effect Monty Williams has had on this team.
Getting Cade Cunningham and his 7.5 assists back has helped, and the ball movement overall has been better this season. It’s still not as good as it could be, as the Pistons have a bad habit of relying on Cunningham too much late in games and the team actually has the tendency to overpass at times, which has led to some turnovers and missed opportunities for shots. But overall you have to love the unselfishness of this team and the passing will continue to improve as they build chemistry.
Bad stat: Turnovers
We’ve talked about the turnovers ad nauseam, so I won’t belabor the point. The Pistons are currently 30th in the NBA in turnovers per game, coughing it up an absurd 18 times per contest. You can partially blame spacing issues and young guards still learning the nuances of reading an NBA defense, but plenty of them have just been careless mistakes. Another factor is offensive fouls, as the Pistons are currently leading the NBA In fouls per game. They’ve forced the issue in the paint at times, which had led to charges which are turnovers.