What's a softomore slump?
no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
What's a softomore slump?
that the Pistons potentially had a great draft had they got Burke, Thomas, and Leslie, then had they gone out and got Iggy too they would've had a solid lineup for years to come. That being said, GO KNICKS and GO JAZZ!
Reports of Knight being "terrible" and other such descriptions are overblown. Softomore slumps are not the exception but the norm in the NBA, Knights was a little more perceptible than most,
Knight's second season was basically a carbon copy of his first season. He's turned in two mediocre seasons. He's not a very good distributor and takes (and misses) a lot of shots. Thus far there is no good reason to believe he has what it takes to be a good starting point guard, and he's too small to be a good shooting guard. There is no reason to be committed to him when a guy like Burke is available. Drummond and Monroe are the only Piston players that should be penciled in as starters. The rest are interchangeable parts.
BTW, Drew Sharp is defending Dumars here, so you know it's pretty bad.
I agree 100% about Knight. The Pistons didn't have a SG or a PG. They drafted a really good SG prospect instead of a really good PG prospect. What's the problem with that?
I still hate the pick. He should have taken Burke.
Here's what it boils down to for me: I'm pretty much a lapsed fan. I've hardly watched the Pistons play the last few years. I've accepted that they are unlikely to contend anytime soon, and it doesn't bother me. I've lost interest in pro sports in general, and I don't really miss them.
Last night, though, I found myself genuinely excited about the Pistons for the first time in a while. If they'd drafted Burke, I'd still be excited now. I'd actually be looking up ticket information. Burke would be enough to make me care again. I'm a big enough fan of his that I'd make plans to watch Piston games.
KCP isn't enough. Drafting him might be a good "basketball move" from the standpoint that maybe he'll help them win 35 games instead of 30, but it does nothing for my apathy. It was a huge buzzkill for his name to be announced instead of Burke's. My mometary excitement is gone and I feel the same way about the franchise now that I did a week ago, which is that I don't really care. Joe D had a golden opportunity to win me back as a fan and decided to let it go. OK, back to Michigan sports.
I'm considering switching to DirectTV and purchasing NBA League Pass to watch my new favorite team, the Utah Jazz
I'm willing to bet that Burke Piston jersey sales would have topped the Pistons ticket sales for next year.
What is a softomore slump?
Sorry had to do it lol
He's not Isiah. He's trying to be Vinnie Johnson. And that would be lucky.
Bynum would resign, but there's not tons of evidence the Pistons are excited about signing him. There's lots of evidence Calderon doesn't care if he resigns here (unless we WAY overpay him). We're not a winner, not a town he's used to, and probably don't want to break the bank for an average PG.
You can't count two free agents as a log jam at PG. We don't currently have a PG on the roster. We do have 4 shooting guards though....Knight, Stuckley, KCP, and English. THAT'S a log jam. (We also really don't have a SF, but that's another story.)
Where does it look like Pope can create his own shot? Even with decent quickness, he's not known for going to the rim, but as a jump shooter. No one said anyone but Burke was a bad decision. If one more wacky pick had been made and Ben McLemore had slid one more spot, people might be disappointed, but they wouldn't kill them for taking him over Burke. KCP had up and down workouts, and some had him going shortly after the Pistons; others didn't have him going till later in the lottery. The fact that no one better slid to the Pistons to take over Burke who also slid is the reason people don't like it. (No one was taking KCP before the Pistons, that's for sure). What evidence do you have that he'll be the "steal of the draft?" Every team in the NBA is saying that about their draft pick. Now THAT'S just fanwank.
The best part is will be when they sign some middle of the road free agent, overpay him, tie up cap space for another 6-7 years, just miss the playoffs, and lose their pick to the Bobcats. Then the complete fail of the franchise will be complete.
There wasn't one available at #8 in all likelihood, so you take the guy with the highest upside. I don't think that's Burke. Don't know if it's Pope either, but if his chances are 2% compared to Burke's 1% it's still the way to go.
As for who will be the better NBA player, it will take three years or so to figure that out. The most likely outcome is that they'll both be fringe starters and/or backups. The NBA is a size/athletic/talent league first and a skills league second. (Not that there's anything wrong with that - even the backups can outrun deer and jump out of the building compared to normal folks, and it's very entertaining to marvel at their feats. It just doesn't bode well for Burke.)
When you start trying to analyze the NBA everyone can tell that you don't know much about the game. KCP can't create his own shot. He's a mediocre athlete with decent quickness and a good jump shot. Brandon Knight is not a PG.
Anyone who +1'd the OP should be sent to the bolivian
saying "can create his own shot"?
He played in the SEC in BASKETBALL, not football. Do they play defense at the level of the B1G or even Big East?
And he led them to what record? 15-17?
With the 8th pick in the draft, who but someone trying to tank a whole season is taking the scorer on a team that was 307th overall in scoring?
All three of our championship teams have had a point guard who can score and dish. We missed out on Zeke 2.0.
Still mad at Joe D. The Pistons are still dead to me.
I feel the same way. im done with the pistons until joe is fired or retires
It is Saturday June 29 and Dumars still sucks as a GM.
superstar players instantly make their teams better. Trey Burke made Michigan a better team from the first game he stepped on the court with them. KCP's team went 15-17 last year. Now I'm not blaming him completely--I never watched Georgia so maybe he was playing with a team full of worthless bums. But USUALLY, guys who are superstars and who are going to excel in the NBA have the ability to elevate their team in college to at least a winning record.
This isn't football where you need 22 guys to win. In college basketball, usually having a top-10 NBA draft pick on your team means you're at least going to be a .500 team. So IMO either the rest of Georgia's team is the worst collection of talent in Div 1-A, or KCP is significantly overrated.