Pistons’ efficiency and productivity

Yet another correct step forward for the Pistons’ new Head Coach, Michael Curry.

Four Pistons seek one spot:
First-year coach Michael Curry will give Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown a legitimate and fair shot at unseating veteran Antonio McDyess as the starting power forward-center opposite Rasheed Wallace.

“We are looking at how we can inject our young guys into the rotation more, giving them a solid role and still get the most out of our veteran guys and be as efficient as possible,” Curry said. “One of the things we are looking at is having ‘Dyess go back to his role of coming off the bench.”

To be clear, Curry is in no way suggesting McDyess doesn’t deserve to maintain his starting spot. Quite the opposite.

Whoever wins that starting spot won’t necessarily be the best player,” Curry said. “I think it’s hands-down that McDyess is our second-best post player behind Rasheed. But who we end up starting will be the player who gives us the best balance.”

Change – both sudden and subtle – is afoot in the Motor City … as the Pistons seek to re-calibrate their engine; while maintaining their status as a high calibre machine.

There are several reasons this corner thinks that Michael Curry has what it takes to become a top tier coach in the NBA … not the least of which are acute decisions and perceptions like these.

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8 Responses to “Pistons’ efficiency and productivity”

  1. Dave Says:

    Jason Maxiell should start. He’s ready now.

  2. Travis Outlaw Says:

    Jason Maxiell should start. But I would like to see Amir Johnson start. And Jason Maxiell off the bench. So Amir Johnson can become a future all-star.

  3. Dave Says:

    I think Amir’s chances come down to how much he’s developed this past offseason. Wait and see.

  4. khandor Says:

    Keep in mind that, at present …

    Amir Johnson [Yr-4] is only 21 years old;
    Jason Maxiell [Yr-4] is 25; and,
    Kwame Brown [Yr-8] is just 26.

    By way of comparison, Andrea Bargnani [Yr-3] will be turning 23 in about 5 weeks time [Oct 26 2008].

  5. Travis Outlaw Says:

    By way of comparison, Andrea Bargnani [Yr-3] will be turning 23 in about 5 weeks time [Oct 26 2008].
    Why bring up Andrea Bargnani? Is this to say that he sucks? Its different for him he’s a foreigner. While the other three are Americans and Amir and Kwame went to the league straight out of high school.

    Kwame Brown [Yr-8] is just 26. WOW its been 8 years already? 26 He’s young. Kwame Brown really stinks. And it seems he’s going to keep on stinking for many years to come.

  6. khandor Says:


    * Did you know already that Amir Johnson … despite being in the NBA for 1 more year … is that much younger than the 2006 No. 1 Overall Draft pick?

    I did not … until I looked it up.

    * It would not surprise me in the least if the Pistons 2nd unit Bigs are Kwame Brown and Antonio McDyess. If better balance overall is what they are looking for … that’s as good a twosome as any other tandem in the League coming off the bench, in terms of Defense/Offense, Size & Strength/Inside & Outside/Rebounder & Scorer, etc.


    Those who think the Pistons are about to take a step backwards this season … are going to be in for a Rude Awakening.

  7. Travis Outlaw Says:

    How is Kwame Brown going to be effective? The Pistons have no chance of winning a championship.

  8. khandor Says:

    Playing with the Pistons’ 2nd unit, and a scorer/jump shooter like McDyess … and a PG like the ‘Real Deal’, or Mr. Big Shot … Kwame Brown only has to Rebound, Defend [by using his fouls] and make rebound put-backs or lay-off-pass dunks in the lane.

    Kwame Brown vs other teams’ back-up bigs … when he’s paired with a partner like Antonio … is going to be a physical handful for the vast majority of #4 Bigs in the NBA this season.

    At the age of 26 … still a year or two away from his peak of physical maturity … Kwame Brown is now a legit 6-11, 270.

    How is he going to be effective for the Pistons this season?

    Did you read Michael Curry’s explanation, re: the value of pairing a non-shooter/scorer with ‘the Diceman’ in the Pistons 2nd unit?

    If nothing else … Kwame Brown is going to be effective by generating MORE/EXTRA shot attempts … for the Pistons’ 2nd best Post Player and by eating up some of the defensive fouls that would have been assigned last year [in all likelihood] to this same individual, who logged an awful lot of minutes beside either Rasheed or Maxiell/Johnson, out of necessity.

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