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Detroit Pistons' Most Startling Statistics of 2014-15 Season so Far | Bleacher Report

Some highlights from the article which tries to figure out why we're still losing:

The Good

-- Smith: Smith is taking half as many three pointers (1.7 vs 3.4 last year).

-- 3pt Shooting: Moved up to #15 in 3pt shooting from #29 last year.

The Bad

-- Paint Offense: We're #28 in the league (53.5%) within 5 feet of the basket. Down from #18 (58.6%) last year. Not a good sign when our strength is supposed to be our bigs. All three bigs are shooting worse than last year in this category. Drummond is down nearly 20%!

-- Moving the Ball: Still terrible. We were 28th last year in assist ratio and we're 28th this year. Only 14.6% of our baskets are assisted, down from 15.6% last year.

-- Smith Fail: He may be shooting less 3's, but he still down 5% from his terrible 41.9% last year at an even worse 36.8%.

-- Drummond's Struggles: He's down to single digit scoring average, 2 fewer rebounds per game, has more fouls (50) than field goals (43), and is only shooting 39.4%.

-- 4th Quarter Offense: We've had a lead in 5 of the 9 games we lost in the 4th quarter. In the "clutch" we are 28.2% from the field, 21.4% from the arc, and 50% from free throw (dead last in the NBA).

-- 4th Quarter Defense: Opponents are shooting 43.9% from the field and 35.7% from arc against us in the "clutch", which is in the bottom third of the NBA.

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I'm just going to add this article to the same thread, since it deals with Smith's issues.

Josh Smith's Pistons tenure hits a new low after benching - SBNation.com

Highlights:

--Pistons are 11 points per 100 possession better with smith on the bench.

--We shoot 39.2% when Smith is playing vs 46% when he's off the court.

--Smith's TS is 39.7%, down from 46.3% last year, which was his lowest ever.

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I am on board with cutting our losses and flat out releasing Smith. He's a detriment to our team. Plus.... What better way to show Monroe we are committed to him long-term?

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Are we playing better defense?

Last year we had a DRTG (Defensive Rating) of 109.7 and this year its 106.9. Big improvement, right? Maybe not. Lets look at it in a different way.

Last year for the month of November the Pistons gave up 104.5 points per/100.

This year for the month of November the Pistons gave up 104.8 points per/100.

Yes, they actually posted better defensive numbers at the start of last year. And I realize they played a game or two in October. But I can't select multiple months for the criteria, so I just used November.

Then I remembered I recently saw this article.

NBA Offense Isn't Down, It Just Usually Starts Slow - Nylon Calculus

So its probable the Pistons are not playing better defense. They just have a better DRTG because so far we don't have stats for the time of the year that offenses generally improve. It will be interesting to see as the season progresses if that DRTG number continues to rise.

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The flip side to the post above, offense. It is in the toilet.

Last November - 101.5 points per/100. The entire year last year they ended at 105.9 points per/100.

This November - 98.3 points per/100.

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The Good

-- Smith: Smith is taking half as many three pointers (1.7 vs 3.4 last year).

If only someone would have predicted this.

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I am on board with cutting our losses and flat out releasing Smith. He's a detriment to our team. Plus.... What better way to show Monroe we are committed to him long-term?

Would Gores allow it, that is the ultimate question. Tom probably wants Stan to figure it out. Somehow Dumars made an even bigger mistake after CV and Gordon.

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What happens to our bet if Smith is traded mid season?

I automatically win. That's a new rule.

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I bring you scotch and you teach me to hit a golf ball well?

I think we will need that entire bottle of scotch to accomplish that, so deal.

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Are we playing better defense?

Last year we had a DRTG (Defensive Rating) of 109.7 and this year its 106.9. Big improvement, right? Maybe not. Lets look at it in a different way.

Last year for the month of November the Pistons gave up 104.5 points per/100.

This year for the month of November the Pistons gave up 104.8 points per/100.

Yes, they actually posted better defensive numbers at the start of last year. And I realize they played a game or two in October. But I can't select multiple months for the criteria, so I just used November.

Then I remembered I recently saw this article.

NBA Offense Isn't Down, It Just Usually Starts Slow - Nylon Calculus

So its probable the Pistons are not playing better defense. They just have a better DRTG because so far we don't have stats for the time of the year that offenses generally improve. It will be interesting to see as the season progresses if that DRTG number continues to rise.

I think a whole lot of this has to do with the fact that the offense has been so abysmal. When you're missing so many shots you're not able to set up your defense the way you do when you are sinking your shots.

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Inside 5 feet the Pistons are shooting 52.4%. That is good for dead last in the league.

They are 3rd in the league for FGA inside of 5 feet.

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I see a 3 point difference in per/100 for the Pistons compared to last year. 107.3 down to 104.2.

Looking at most defensive stats, it seems the Pistons have indeed improved.

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Shooting for 4-9 feet. Defender distance is in feet. Shot clock = time left on clock when the shot was taken.

For some perspective. League average at this distance with at least 30 attempts is .4798%.

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Pistons are 8-15 in games decided by more than 10 points...all 8 of those wins (and 2 of the losses) have come since Smith left.

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That says to me that Drummonds defender isn't very focused on Drummond when Moose is on the floor with him, more likely then not

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