After watching them come together in the preseason to now..I believe that that trio is going to work out just silence it critics. Josh Smith definitely "covers up" Monroe's lack of defense. In addition, Smith has shown to be a great help side defender. Even when Monroe-Smith combo front court brings spacing. There are two things that I am concerned about. Which are the turnovers...Majority of the teams turnover come from Monroe, Drummond, and Smith. That should be corrected as the season continues. Also the minutes logged between the three of them ...they are logging almost 40 minutes dating back from the preseason to now. By the time playoffs come around (if they make it) they would be fatigued. Either way the future looks bright
I was cautious about Josh Smith - yes he still takes those terrible outside jump shots but the three bigs all look to be on the same page chemistry wise. They are all willing passers inside and look for each other, the chemistry looks really good between them.
And I would like to say how valuable Chauncey Billups' leadership is. I really hope Brandon Jennings listens and learns from him.
While Smith has some knocks about his outside jump shot his defense and shot blocking is still very, very good.
While their backcourt looks solid with 5 guards, i think the pistons might need a bit more depth upfront. I will really cringe if Monroe or Drummond get injured and miss games. I think they need a decent backup centre.
If they can stay healthy and if Jennings can play team ball I think the pistons should finish a few games over 500 this season.
Caldwell-Pope looks ok to me. Sure he missed most of his shots but he looked quite confident and had some good looks at the hoop - they just didn't drop.
Random Pistons facts.
Who is the youngest person ever to record 1000 career blocks ? Josh Smith
Nic Batum got the first triple double of the 13-14 season but who was the first person last season to record a triple double ? Greg Monroe
I think some of the turnover problems will ease when Jennings starts at PG. Bynum is too loose to be a starter and Chauncey can't handle big mins at this stage in his career. I believe many of our turnovers have been due to our disrupted backcourt.
As bad as smith is at 3pt shooting, he really has to stay out there when Monroe and Drummond are on the floor to help with spacing issues. Hopefully Sheed will be able to teach him how to shoot.
I thought Monroe's defence has been a lot better early on in the season. Might be the contract year but he seems to have improved noticeably.
What does too loose mean in regards to bynum? He's easily been one of the best most consistent pistons so far.
He can play too fast at times and is much better suited to coming off the bench. I wasn't having a go at him, he's done really well this season. My point was, when you expect a guy (Jennings) to be running the point and a backup like Bynum has to step in and run the show, the whole thing can get disorganised. I like Bynum but he's not a starting calibre point.
Im a Hawks fan and like Josh Smith but when I saw the first game he made something like 4 3's I immediately thought that is the worst possible thing that could happen because he LOVES to shoot. The next game I think he went like 0-7 or something lol. Ive always thought for a guy who loves to shoot as much as J-smoove you would think he would/could improve his jumper over the offseason but it has yet to happen. Actually I think he is a worse shooter now than when he came into the league. But, like others have said he is actually a really good passer and blocks alot of shots.
"I was cautious about Josh Smith - yes he still takes those terrible outside jump shots but the three bigs all look to be on the same page chemistry wise. They are all willing passers inside and look for each other, the chemistry looks really good between them."
This pretty much. Tonight against the Celtics Monroe made some nice passes to Drummond which really set the tone of the game. Personally I would have waited one more year to spend money if I was the Pistons, because it seemed to me at times that Drummond and Smith just had the same role, and a lot of the time you just saw Smith standing around the three point line where his elite athleticism is useless.
I think it's also worth mentioning that Monroe has made a point of it every game to establish himself in the post. That was nice to see, and it only helps everyone else, especially Drummond.
poor man version of Celtics Big(in the 80s) Smith is Larry Bird with hops but without J,Monroe is skilled big in the post ala McHale,and Drummond is Chief on steroids.Ofc their maximum is 1rd exit maybe 2 round if they get lucky but dont see them beating Pacers,Heat,
They are as imposing a trio physically as any in the league. Josh Smith has been putting up great volume stats but he has been very inefficient thus far- and also seems to think that even a contested shot by himself is better than any shot by everyone else on the team. He is only shooting 44% from the field, with 5 turnovers per game, and 27.3% three point shooting on 7.3 attempts per game including 11 (!) the other night.
Monroe and Drummond have both been fulfilling their roles thus far. It will be interesting to see who touches will get cut when Brandon Jennings returns to the starting lineup.
did i really read someone mention larry legends name in a comparsion too j smooth smh then drummond compared too a hof center in the chief
It's very promising that Drummond can still be as devastating in big minutes. I think he played 40 min against the Celtics. They need more scoring- if the rumors are true about Jamal Crawford being on the block, I think he'd be a great addition to the Pistons.
Smith shot 5/16 and Jennings 6/20 today, both going 1/6 from behind the arc.
I really hope Mo Cheeks and Billups can control these two guys.....