Things just have not been going according to plan for Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons. Expectations heading into the season were that this team might find a way to earn a top-five seed in the Eastern Conference. Now, heading into the All-Star Break, Detroit boasts a 26-30 record and is hanging on to the final playoff spot.
Surprisingly enough, the primary issue here has been on offense. Detroit ranks 24th in the NBA in scoring and is 22nd in offensive rating. With the likes of Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris in the mix, most figured Detroit would be much better from an offensive standpoint.
It now looks like the Pistons might be blowing this whole thing up before it’s really gotten going. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Detroit has put both Drummond and Jackson on the trade block.
Lowe goes on to indicate that a Drummond trade is a long shot at this point, but does mention the Minnesota Timberwolves as a potential destination for Jackson between now and the deadline next week.
It surely is an interesting dynamic to look at here. Detroit pretty much gave the franchise to Drummond after it let Greg Monroe walk in free agency back in the summer of 2015. The idea was to build the squad around him moving forward.
And in reality, Drummond himself has not disappointed. He’s averaging 14.7 points and 13.9 rebounds while shooting at a stellar 53 percent from the field. The issue here is that Detroit had envisioned Drummond would become more of a force on the offensive end. That has not happened.
As it relates to Jackson, there’s surely going to be a solid market for the guard’s services. He’s averaging 15.0 points and 5.6 assists. The former Oklahoma City Thunder backup has also improved a great deal from the perimeter in recent seasons. That’s a nice combination for contending teams to consider.
If the Pistons do move one of their stars, it’s a clear indication that they are throwing in the towel for the 2016-17 season. Though, it seems highly unlikely that Drummond would be the player moved here.