The Detroit Pistons currently sport a record of 1-1 heading into the All-Star break under interim head coach John Loyer. His energetic presence on the sidelines has looked like a nice change of pace thus far, compared to the normally reserved Maurice Cheeks.
Through two games, Loyer has stressed the importance of pushing the ball, which may lead to the implementation of more of an up-tempo offense in the 2nd half of the NBA season. However, there is an interesting question to be answered in regards to how the Pistons’ rotation will look under their new head coach. Will we see the typical seven or eight man rotation that Cheeks used? Or will Loyer look deeper into his bench and possibly try some different lineup combinations?
It’s obviously too early to tell, as Loyer will use this All-Star weekend to fiddle around with his possibilities. But so far, Pistons fans have already witnessed a couple of Jonas Jerebko sightings.
Although his effectiveness has been minimal, Loyer has given Jerebko more of an opportunity to recreate some of the success that he experienced in his first couple of seasons. Jerebko has averaged double digit minutes under Loyer after having just three such games over the previous 18 under Cheeks.
With the home stretch of the season beginning on Tuesday with a pivotal matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats, it would be beneficial for Loyer to give some other players on the roster a chance to contribute to a potential playoff run.
Luigi Datome was known as a lethal three-point shooter over in the Italian league and if given ample playing time, he could become a valuable asset in the rotation and also add a little bit of depth.
It will also be vital for Chauncey Billups to get back to full health. He is reaching the tail end of his career, but Loyer will use him as a viable back up guard if he can get on the court.
The final 30 games will tell the story of how the Pistons’ rotation will look. However, by utilizing Jerebko and Datome more and getting a healthy Billups, Loyer will have a rotation that could possibly go 10 players deep, and that is not a bad thing to have.