Time to dust off my old friend – Sprocket Points. (If you don’t know what Sprocket Points are, take a look at the bottom of this post for a quick explanation.) I’ve taken a look at the regular season production of players and done some rankings. Let’s start with the best. The table below ranks players across teams and positions by total Sprocket Points. There are also ranks for several other measures. · SP Rank – rank of players by total Sprocket Points – a pure measure of total productivity · SP/Game Rank – rank of players by Sprocket Points per game – takes out the impact of injuries · SP/36 Min – rank of players by Sprocket Points per 36 minutes – takes out the impact of varying amounts of playing time · SP Share – rank of players by the share of total team Sprocket Points he accounts for – a measure of the importance of the player to his own team The remaining tables rank players by position. I’ve ranked by Sprocket Points per game to take out the impact of injuries and shown the top thirty players. At the bottom of each table I’ve listed the best ranking Pistons players. Pistons are shaded. Centers – Monroe ranks 7th among centers, pretty much neck and neck with Cousins. Ben Wallace even in limited minutes comes in 31st. If Ben could be persuaded to come back, and if he maintained the same level next year, a Monroe / Wallace center rotation puts the Pistons in very good shape. Power Forwards – The Pistons don’t fare so well here, with no players in the top thirty. Jerebko and Maxiell are neck and neck in positions 43 and 44. Either would make a very good four off the bench, but neither should be starting. And of course, you don’t really need two. Keep the young one and move Max. Small Forwards – Good old steady Prince, coming in 19th place. Yeah, no superstar, but good enough for the three spot to be way down the list of priorities for Joe D. Daye and Wilkins are serious also rans, barely cracking the top 60 in places 55 and 57. Maybe JJ can backstop both the four and three spots and Daye and Wilkins can be sent packing. Shooting Guards – Very nice year from Stuckey, cracking the top ten among shooting guards. Get him healthy and let him do his thing. And let Gordon continue to back him up. Thirty-four is a pretty good rank for a backup two, especially given that he had one of his worst years. If Knight improves, the Knight / Stuckey / Gordon rotation looks solid for a few years to come. Point Guards – Knight has a very long way to go, with the best players showing twice the level of productivity. But perhaps, not shabby for a rookie. He’s got to be a lot better though if the team plans to turn it around next year. For the Pistons the holes are pretty clear. Point Guard – The jury is out on Knight, not back for a rookie, but he needs to work very hard this summer. If he improves though he’ll be strong for many years. With a clever three guard rotation Stuckey ought to be able to fill in the backup PG role. Shooting Guard – Good, solid rotation. Nothing to do here. Small Forward – Leave Prince alone and let him do his thing. But mostly find someone to back him up. JJ? Power Forward – Gaping hole. Got some nice backups though. Center – Very solid. If Ben retires, then either Max backs up Monroe or the team finds a backup.