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  1. I wouldn't lump Smart into the CW, Burke category. The thing with Smart that separates him from Burke and Carter-Williams is that he does everything at a high level so when he isn't scoring, he impacts the game on so many levels. Burke is too much of a chucker for my liking, it's just his nature and he's a bit too small which gets exposed against the better teams. I'm sure that he will be a good pro but he still has more work to do on his game if he wants to hit that next level, he should stay another year at UM to round out his game IMO. Smart to me is NBA ready now. He has the size and has a very polished game for such a young player. Needs to work on his shooting though.
  2. Agreed. He is still a bit hot and cold and hogs the ball a bit too much when he's on but he has been pretty consistent and excellent down the stretch of games. I wish that they could find a way to ditch Stuckey and keep Bynum, i don't see the two of them being on the roster for very long.
  3. Well, that's what i was referencing, you thinking that they would make the playoffs even during the mini winning streak. It's a compliment moreso than anything else that you're so devoted to the team. I'm just saying that they have been trending in the wrong direction for years, not just recently. Lets hope that Dumars gets thing back in the right direction with all the cap space that he has to work with. I have my doubts but there is always hope i suppose.
  4. I can appreciate your undying loyalty to the team but you just realized this? They've been going in the wrong direction ever since '05, getting worse every year although they are a bit better this season than they were last season which isn't saying much.
  5. I'm baffled as to what scouts see in GRIII. He has some ability and a good pedigree but i just don't see the fascination with him. I know that he's real young and has plenty of room to grow but he seems real average thus far and has been absolutely invisible against top competition outside of a few nice moments here and there. Good athleticism and a solid jumper but nothing that really stands out IMO. Marcus Smart is a guy who is really intriguing, i like him more than Burke. Big guard, versatile, does everything well and can go off on big scoring spurts when he puts his mind to it. Apparently, he's a great leader also. Watch for him to be a big riser heading into the draft.
  6. Agreed on Zeller. I don't understand the craze surrounding Zeller, never did. He's good on broken plays and on the fastbreak but in a half court game, he really doesn't get much done against college players, i can't imagine him being effective at the next level and defensively, he's very average. He's just an example of an overhyped college player playing on a storied program. He reminds of Hansborough who has carved out a decent career but nothing overly noteworthy. Oladipo was always an athletic freak and he has shown more polish to his game this season offensively and defensively but he's still pretty raw. I don't know how far his pure athleticism will get him in the NBA. It'll be interesting to see how he does in March when the games tend to become more halfcourt oriented.
  7. I think McLemore has that potential. Could be a McGrady type, unlimited range and freak athleticism, he's also a clutch shotmaker. I hope you're right about Dumars and that he has learned from his mistakes but the Charlie V., Gordon contracts are still fresh in my memory as well as the Stuckey and Tay extensions. I can't think of any impact signings that he has made in years, it's a scary bad resume. The scariest part is that the free agent class is weak and one of these OJ Mayo types will get an inflated contract, too much temptation for Dumars to overpay one of these guys i'm afraid.
  8. Frank has been a problem with his rotations and in game decisions but what else can he do with the roster that Dumars has handed him? The guards are awful, the bigs are too green and there is little of anything to work with on the wing. This mess is more on Dumars than any of the coaches that have been rotated in and out. The sad thing is that the team isn't quite bad enough to get a possible franchise player like McLemore in the draft. They'll have to make due with their cap space and we all know how Dumars operates when given cap space to play with, not a promising outlook.
  9. Burke did all he could in the losses against Ohio State and Indiana. He got little help from anybody else except for Hardaway and McGary at times, GRIII and Stauskas have disappeared on the big stage. The problem with Burke in these games is that he tried to do too much on his own because he didn't seem to trust his teammates. If he wants his stock to rise, he needs to become more unselfish in these games and learn to trust his teammates but such is life with an extremely young team. BTW, whatever happened to Jordan Morgan? Is he injured, because he has been virutally non-existent this season. He was a solid big for Michigan last season. They could really use another inside presence besides McGary and Horford on the odd occasion.
  10. Solid deal. Get rid of Tay's salary and dead weight in Daye for a guy who is an actual point guard which should make Monroe better although i'm not sure how long that Calderon will be a Piston, they might just flip him to a contender. I like all the cap space that the Pistons have built up but the free agent market this offseason is pretty awful. I have absolutely no interest in Mayo or Eliis, Jennings would be ok but not exactly the type of guy who i would spend max dollars on but at least the Pistons have flexibility now. If Dumars can get rid of Stuckey for a rack of basketballs, whatever then he would somewhat redeem himself for the absolute mess that he created in the first place.
  11. Mayo is ok. He's a good scorer but he's not a go to guy by any means. Also, to those who want to trade Monroe, our only decent player and only post up threat.....Why? We're likely not going to get a better player than Monroe in return and i have no interest in bringing a cancer like Cousins into the fold no matter how talented he is. That kid has been a team wrecker ever since high school, i don't see him ever changing. I'm not a huge Monroe fan but i just don't see the point in trading him when we're likely not going to get equal or better value in return. Just doesn't make sense IMO.
  12. Reading that article made me sad. There is literally nothing on the free agent market that is even remotely enticing, what a waste of cap space. This is even more reason why it's vital that the Pistons pick up a star in the draft but the problem with that is one, this draft class looks to be lacking star power and secondly, the Pistons will ONCE AGAIN be just good enough or should i say, not quite bad enough, to be clear of the bottom 5. So basically the only way to get a star it would seem is through trade and the two problems with that is Dumars seems incapable of adding big pieces through trade and the Pistons don't have the assets to acquire anybody noteworthy anyway. It's looking more and more like the Pistons will sink or swim with this current core. Yikes!!!
  13. Burke was good last season but he was still really raw (shot way too much) although he was clutch, this season he is a lot more polished and has become much more of a true point guard. He's not unproven, he's RELATIVELY unproven especially in the context of comparing his college career to Lawson. He had a good freshman season and has been spectacular this season against a pre-conference schedule, Northwestern and Iowa. There were some good opponents in there namely Kansas State and NC State but i personally need to see him maintain this level through the grueling Big 10 schedule and in the tourney to be convinced. Again, we're talking about over their careers. Lawson led North Carolina to the Championshuip playing at an extremely high level while Burke hasn't even come close to such an accomplishment yet. As i said before, i'm confident that Burke will have a great season and be a good pro but he needs to be prove more to be considered a better college player than Lawson and i'm a huge college bball fan, i've seen a ton of both. With all that being said, i'm a big fan of the kid and of Michigan so it's going to be a lot of fun to see him and the team progress through the season.
  14. If we're talking about Michigan players, what about Stauskas? The kid is 6'6" an incredible shooter, has a good handle, is really athletic and has a lot of swagger something of which the Pistons have very little of. He's not the typical one dimensional shooter that we see so often in college. We could really use an athletic wing who can shoot the lights out although point guard is a much bigger need (Knight isn't a PG, sorry). I like Burke a lot but i would like to see how he does over the course of the season in a rugged big ten before comparing him to the likes of Lawson or "gulp" Chris Paul. Remember, he doesn't have a lot of pedigree to fall back on, he was lightly recruited out of high school and was ok last season but didn't really stand out too much. He looks light years better than he did last season and he does have some projectable skills to the next level but he is still largely unproven. The real test is if he can maintain consistency over the longhaul and step up now that he's becoming a target of opponents. To the poster who said that he's a better college player than Lawson.... That's crazy talk, Lawson was virtually unstoppable in college, he was the architect of one of the most feared fast breaks in recent history. Burke has a ways to go to be on that level but he does have the ability. We'll see.
  15. Fair enough with the schedule thing but it's just a convenient excuse to mask the real problem here. It's not change for the sake of change, it's a culture thing. When there were past coaching changes, the team quite simply didn't have the personnel to compete. This team actually has the personnel to make some noise in this league and outside of a 5-0 start that was a mirage last season, Schwartz has failed with this group. Obviously there are some holes in the lineup which Mayhew has failed to address but the core is way too good to be this bad and just by watching the games, you can see that they are a disorganized mess which falls squarely on coaching.
  16. The schedule is largely irrelevant, it's a result oriented league. All games in the NFL are tough to win regardless of opponent. The bottom line is that when you watch the Lions play, even during the fluke run of last season, it's obvious that it's a supremely poorly coached team. They either start off the game unprepared which was a major epidemic the last half of last season and first half of this season or failed to close which was a major epidemic late this season. It has less to do with the personnel and more to do with the coaching IMO plus the general culture of the team as an undisciplined bunch that lacks leadership which starts at the top. There is absolutely no excuse (tough schedule or not) for a team with Stafford, CJ and Suh as its core players to be 9-19 in their last 28 games, that's downright pathetic but this is the Lions and they will wait for at least 5 more seasons of failure before making any changes so Schwartz, Mayhew and Co. have no worries whatsoever.
  17. I'm still a big Te'o fan. One game against a much superior opponent with an incredible OLine isn't going to change my mind on him although admittedly, tonight did raise some red flags. Obviously the Lions aren't picking him at 5 but he's going to be a terrific player IMO. Milliner looked good tonight but i still maintain that he's not a top 5 or even top 10 talent. I think that this is the perfect draft to trade down, collect extra picks and the Lions still get their guy. There are no standouts in this draft, just a lot of good players especially pass rushers.
  18. Hey, i'm a diehard NHL fan, tread carefully. Last night's game is a perfect example of why they need a high draft pick desperately and the previous 5 games or so are a perfect example of why the Pistons will always be mediocre. They are bad enough to easily miss the playoffs but not bad enough to be in the running for a top pick. Hell, they aren't even mediocre, they are bad mediocre which is even worse because there's no hope of them even competing for an 8th spot which at least mediocre teams are capable of doing. It was apparent last night (as it is most nights) that they really need a go to guy in the clutch. It's sad that Tay is their "go to" guy, is there any team in the entire league that has a worse "best" player? Even the lowly Bobcats have Walker who is capable of taking over games. Another thing is that i'm getting concerned about is Monroe. He seems to pile up stats early in games when success is a lot of easier to come by then when the games gets tough and rugged during the 4th quarter, he seems to fold like a cheap tent time and time again. He's just so soft, it's painful to watch. I know that it has always been a knock on him going back to G-Town but nut up once in a while Greg. The stats look nice but the eyeball test tells the true story with him. Knight looks horrible as well. He shows the odd flash every now and then but his bad plays outnumber his good plays and he is absolutely atrocious defensively at times and defense is supposed to be his strength, Walker was feeding him his lunch in the 4th quarter last night.
  19. Yep, i've been saying this a while. Te'o is not only a game changer but possibly even more importantly, is a culture changer. I don't see anybody in this draft who could possibly have a bigger impact than him on and off the field. One dimensional pass rushers like Jones and Moore don't do it for me and Milliner is definitely not a top 5 talent IMO and i've seen plenty of him. Te'o can play in every situation and quarterback the defense and make those around him better. He might not be the fastest player in the draft but he just has the "it" factor. He's a born leader and quite a football player as well. I have a feeling that the Eagles take him at 3, hope i'm wrong though.
  20. Winning today would have been the final kick in the gut to a horrific season. If you're going to suck, might as well suck as hard as possible and get the highest draft pick possible so mission accomplished i guess. I highly doubt that this will get Schwartz fired but 8 losses in a row, 9-19 in their last 28 and constant coaching failures in game could get them to at least re-evaluate the coaching staff. I thought that the Lions would take a step back this season but this is a lot worse than i ever imagined they would be. Mayhew really has his work cut out for him this offseason especially with limited cap space to work with. Ah well, such is life as a Lions fan.
  21. There is no way that you can watch AJ and CJ and come away thinking that AJ is better and i don't think i'm biased on saying that. The last 2 seasons, Calvin has been a class by himself. He's not a one trick pony anymore, he makes all the catches whether it be deep routes, intermediate routes, in the slot etc. He's as diverse as it gets and physically, is the strongest receiver out there. Andre Johnson used to be the best receiver without question, not anymore. Hell, CJ is arguably the best PLAYER in the NFL.
  22. Yep, that's what i've been preaching since the beginning of the year. It sucks to root for losses but it's a necessary evil and last nights loss was big. At least Monroe had a big game last night. Baby Steps.
  23. The guy has been failing for years and is still living off of his '04-'05 legacy. Ever since they lost to the Spurs in Game 7, they have been getting progressively worse over the last 7 years to the point of this team being a laughingstock now. I was done with him the second that he panicked and grossly overpayed Villanueva and Gordon, i knew that day that those signings were disasters and it has only gotten worse since then capped off by re-signing guys like Tay and Stuckey when in reality, he should have torn this down and started rebuilding right after the Monroe draft. Also, he still hasn't addressed the seemingly endless surplus of guard tweeners. I will always respect him for what he did as a player, bringing the team another championship in '04 and for being an all around good guy but damn, it was time to move on several years ago. What is with the Lions and Pistons and their undying loyalty to failing regimes? It's time to sweep off the cupboard completely and start a new regime. Build around Monroe, Drummond and Knight (although not so keen on Knight being a core player). The problem is that none of those guys are go to guys. They desperately need to get lucky win the lottery and draft a star because this team is seriously lacking star power. Just think of how much better they would be if they would have gotten Irving instead of Knight.
  24. They didn't have the talent that this team has. Despite the holes in the roster, this team should be better than it is. The personnel is good enough to at the least be a bubble playoff team.
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