Detroit Pistons Enjoy Strong Games From Corey Maggette And New Faces

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


It was another road loss for the Detroit Pistons Saturday night at Milwaukee.

But despite a 108-91 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pistons could take heart in the excellent play of several of the newest faces on the NBA team including veteran Corey Maggette and first-round draft pick Andre Drummond.

Maggette started and saw just under 21 minutes of action, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor and netting all three of his free-throw attempts. He came to the Pistons in an off-season trade for Ben Gordon from the Charlotte Bobcats.

But Drummond, the first-round draft pick, had his second very impressive outing of a preseason that is only three days old. In 25 minutes of action, Drummond was 9-of-13 from the floor and scored 19 points while bringing down 10 rebounds and blocking two shots.

Another rookie simply trying to make the team is Khris Middleton, who had an impressive performance with 3-of-6 in 3-point shooting for 11 points and also had three assists.

Kim English is also a rookie trying to make the team and he didn’t hurt his cause by scoring nine points and bringing down seven rebounds. He was 3-of-8 from the floor.

On the negative side, Charlie Villanueva continues to struggle in a major way. In 26 minutes of action, he was 1-of-7 from the floor and wound up with four points and three rebounds. Right now, he looks lost on the basketball court and the Pistons have to find a way to make their expensive free agent more productive.

Terrence Williams is hoping to make the team as a free agent but had a poor night with 1-of-7 shooting and only four points.

As a team, the Pistons were a little better on 3-point shooting with 8-of-24 for 33 percent. But they struggled in overall shooting for the second straight night, going 34-of-87 for 39.1 percent.

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