The Eastern Conference has been full of horrid play this season, but no team has been more disappointing than the Detroit Pistons. Prior to the season, this team was in position to be one of the most improved teams in the NBA. Now, all of that hope as been buried and the Pistons are searching for answers at 16-22 on the season.
The shortage of consistency and an absence of a go-to scorer could be the Pistons’ biggest problem. The team’s point-guard, Brandon Jennings, is the leading scorer. He is shooting an abysmal 37 percent from the field this season. When your leader is shooting under 40 percent, you are going to fail.
So, what can this team do to improve? One answer may be to force the issue with their big men. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond have been the only conclusive positives for the Pistons this season. They combine for more than 27 points and 20 rebounds.
The coaching staff has to find a way to get more production out of their big men. If it means taking the ball out of Jennings’ hands more, then so be it. It is evident that he is not good enough to be the key man on this team.
Josh Smith has been a constant thorn in the side of Pistons fans. His role on this team should be more than what it is, but he has always been a spotty player. The answer could be to ship him out of town, but that would cause too much disruption within the organization.
The answer for the Pistons is to stick with what they have and change around the roles of their top players. Smith should shoot less, and so should Jennings. When this team comes down court, they should be instantly looking to get the ball down low to Monroe or Drummond. Things will take some time to fall into place, but they would at least be able to stay in the playoff race.
I believe there is a simple solution to this team’s problems. They have the talent to compete with the best teams in the NBA, but they just are not showing it on the court. Give it some time, and we may be looking at a solid team before the season nears its end.