The Pistons lost on Monday against a Clippers team that was playing without Chris Paul. Brandon Jennings played 28 minutes, but didn’t score a point in the loss. His only impact on the game was his team high 6 assists. Greg Monroe was limited to six points and three rebounds in just under thirty minutes.
The leading scorers for the Pistons were Rodney Stuckey and Josh Smith with 29 and 24. They accounted for 42 of the Pistons’ 79 shots. Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played twenty minutes and led the team with three steals. Other than that, he was not very effective as he only scored six points.
The Pistons have come under some fire lately after their loss to the Utah Jazz and former Michigan Wolverine Trey Burke. Burke scored 20 points and had a career high 12 assists as the Pistons lost to the Jazz 110 to 89. This once again brought up the question of whether or not the Pistons should have taken him instead of Caldwell-Pope.
Joe Dumars built this team with the intention of winning right away. Trey Burke didn’t seem to fit into this plan as he would be a rookie point guard on a team that would likely need a leader at the point guard position. The Pistons opted to trade for Brandon Jennings and select Caldwell-Pope. As of right now, it is not looking like the smartest decision.
Burke is averaging 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Brandon Jennings is having a slightly better year as he is averaging 16 points, 3.2 rebounds and 8.3 assists. Jennings’ assist average this season is 2 assists better than his career average.
While this is Jennings fifth season in the NBA, he is still only 24 years old. There is still plenty of time for him to develop into one of the top point guards in the game but he has a lot of work to do. The Pistons have to pick up their level of play as a whole.
Caldwell-Pope is averaging 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and .9 assists per game. Has shown flashes of great play but overall he has not lived up to his high draft selection. He is shooting under forty percent from the field and 32.5 percent from three point range.
The Pistons are in a tough situation. They have shown that they have more than enough talent to be a playoff team but seem to lack consistency and the ability to close out games. If this poor play continues it may be a short tenure for first year coach Mo Cheeks. A poor season may also signal the end of the Joe Dumars era. The Pistons still have time but it is defiantly running out.