Detroit Pistons 2009 Season Update
The Detroit Pistons continue to struggles as they try and find an identity and figure out whether they are trying to compete now or build for the future.
Amazingly, despite their slow start, the Pistons are sitting right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference.
They have played well at home but just been absymal on the road. If they could play better away from home, they might be able to throw up a pretty decent record.
Richard Hamilton has rebounded from last year's benching to lead the team in scoring at over 21 points per game.
The big news has been the play of point guard Rodney Stuckey, a guy the Pistons have been really high on ever since they drafted him. He's the reason they were so willing to trade away point guard Chauncey Billups.
Stuckey is second on the team in scoring at nearly 20 points per game but must become a better point guard. Will Bynum is leading the team in assists with under five per contest, which is simply unacceptable.
Stuckey needs to become more of a team player and help faciliate the offense. If that means cutting back on the number of shots he takes, then so be it.
Speaking of Bynum, the explosive former Yellow Jacket has really found himself a home in Detroit. He is fifth on the team in scoring and has been a solid reserve off the bench.
The team signed guard Ben Gordon to a big contract in the offseason and he has been a quality acquisition, averaging nearly 19 points per game.
The Pistons signed Chris Wilcox in the offseason, hoping he could become a Ben Wallace type player but be more of a scoring threat.
Instead, he has just been a major disappointment, getting just about 10 minutes of playing time per game.
Detroit has a couple of talented youngsters to go along with some steady veterans, so a trip to the Eastern Conference playoffs would not be a major surprise. At the same time, it also wouldn't be surprising if they failed to reach the postseason