The Detroit Pistons - Looking for
August 3, 2009
The Detroit Pistons have had a big makeover recently that
began early last season when as part of a trade they sent Chauncey
Billups to Denver in exchange for Allen Iverson. Iverson is not
expected to return to the Pistons this season as the Pistons gave
Ben Gordon a large free agent contract. This results in Ben Gordon,
Rodney Stuckey, and Richard Hamilton as the primary back court
players on the Pistons. Unless Hamilton is able to spend some time
at small forward, there is a possibility that one of these players
will not be getting the type of playing time they would like if they
all remain on the roster when the regular season begins.
these players will not be getting the playing time they want is
tough to predict, but given the size of the contract given to Ben
Gordon (5 years, $55 million), he can be expected to be logging
heavy minutes. Seeing as last year Gordon was already playing 36.5
minutes per game, he can not be expected to see too much of an
Rodney Stuckey began last season in a limited role for the
Pistons but then regularly saw at least 30 minutes per game. Before
Gordon came, he was in line to become a sleeper candidate as a
result of an increase in minutes with Iverson leaving. Now
expectations regarding him must be tempered.
Perhaps the loser in
the Pistons rotation will be Richard Hamilton, as an older player
who the Pistons may feel is the right player to come off the bench.
His fantasy appeal has been limited in the past as a shooting guard
who does not hit a lot of threes and is not good in steals. He
averaged 34 minutes last season and that number will likely go down.
The Pistons also lost Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess in the
offseason and added Charlie Villaneuva (5 year, $35 million) and
Chris Wilcox. Charlie Villanueva, who averaged just 27 minutes per
game last season, is a prime candidate to emerge as a potent fantasy
player giving him draft day sleeper appeal. In 47 games as a starter
last season, he averaged 17.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 treys in
30 minutes. He can also give a little in the steal and block
category. Extrapolating these numbers to 36 minutes would give him a
very good fantasy appeal.
Chris Wilcox, while buried recently on depth charts, has some
potential on the Pistons due to a lack of competition at center.
Kwame Brown is considered his primary competition. In eight NBA
seasons, Brown has averaged just 23 minutes per game. And he has
long been given a chance as he was taken as the number 1 overall
pick in the 2001 NBA draft. If he gets playing time, Chris Wilcox
can be considered an end of the roster fantasy player with the
potential to provide some rebounds and blocks. This is actually an
improvement for him.