Detroit Pistons : If Consistent And Healthy, SF Corey Maggette Can Help Team Contend

By John Raffel

New players to the Detroit Pistons obtained via the trade or free agent route haven’t fared very well in past years.

Corey Maggette is hoping to prove that he’s an exception.

New faces like Allen Iverson, Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady came to The Palace with high hopes and high expectations in past seasons. Of no fault, really, of their own, those high expectations weren’t quite fulfilled.

Well Maggette be different? It’s totally up to him and how he’ll be used by coach Lawrence Frank. It also depends on how healthy he stays.

Maggette replaced Gordon in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats.

“We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations following the trade.

Maggette has the numbers to be the type of consistent impact player the Pistons sorely need.

A 6-6, 225-pound power forward, Maggette comes to the Motor City with impressive stats with 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32 games last year. In 809 career outings covering 13 seasons, he has averaged 16.2 points (.454 FG, .325 3FG, .823 FT), 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Maggette has averaged 20-plus points three times and 15-plus points nine times.

By the way, do the math: 13 seasons and 809 career games for an average of 62 games per season.

Maggette is coming off  a strained Achilles plus knee surgery but has said he’ll be ready for training camp. For Detroit’s sake, a healthy Corey Maggette could mean a wealthy Detroit Pistons team.

It’s no secret how badly the Pistons need a legitimate intimidating force inside and hope to get enough minutes from Maggette to make the difference in as many NBA games as possible. But unlike Iverson, Gordon and McGrady, Maggette should not be counted upon to be a franchise savior.

Whatever the Pistons can get from Maggette: take it.

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