Not one. Not one Detroit Piston is listed among the top 100 NBA fantasy basketball players. No wonder they earned a “D“ as their final grade for the 2009-2010 season.
Guard Rodney Stuckey, rated #103 in ESPN‘s “Player Rater“, is the closest thing to a star on the Pistons. Though he battled through a scary episode in a road game in Cleveland and a variety of injuries, Stuckey managed to average 16.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Beyond Stuckey, the rest of the team provided a potpourri of results that bordered on the bizarre.
For example, which Piston appeared in the most number of games? Rookie forward Jonas Jerebko played in 80 games and was a fan favorite. He led the team in rebounding with an average of 6.0 per game and also had a 9.3 points per game (PPG) average.
Who led Detroit in PPG average this season? Guard Richard Hamilton, last year’s fantasy MVP on the Pistons, averaged 18.1 PPG in 46 games. Who played guard in the other 36 games? Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Will Bynum and Chucky Atkins.
It’s almost too painful to report. The marked optimism in the first two months of the season =
“We just need to get healthy” – was replaced by discouragement. The slighty below “C” level Pistons seemed totally dysfunctional after Christmas as indicated in the report card.
They earned (?) the grade of “E” far too frequently. And If not for a winning streak at the end of the season, they could have easily finished with a final grade of “D-“. Not exactly something to be proud of.
Fantasy sports owners who had Pistons on their roster this year are probably scratching their heads and wondering who, if anyone, do they pick for next year‘s team. Stuckey seems like a natural as a reserve guard and Jerebko could be an up-and-coming reserve forward on a fantasy team.
Now all you have to do is sort out what, if anything, you do with Hamilton, Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and Tayshaun Prince? It’s probably best not to think about it now. Move on to rooting for the Wings or cheering for the Tigers! (And if you’re a diehard Pistons’ fan, start praying for a break in the lottery draft.)
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