This PER stuff has gotten me to thinking. Old Pistons, how are they doing in PER. Lets do a what if. Lets say Dumars did not give up on guys. Like Amir. A far better player than JMAX. Gave up on him. Whatever excuse, he gave up on the guy. Amir had a better PER vs. his opponents last season, even on his poor team, Toronto. Defino, at shooting guard, had an amazing PER differential of 15 / 10. And we gave up on Daye, who had an opposing PER of 7 at small forward. Rip also, at shooting guard, had a 7 for opposing shooting guard. Conversely, JMAX last year had one of the worst, if not the worst, differential in PER at power forward you can get. Not as bad at CV, but pretty darn close. (But note, JMAX has a decent opposing PER at both center and power forward. So he can defend / harass his counterpart, but he does zilch himself. While CV does zilch and gives up the world.) Surprisingly, we had 6 guys on the roster last year who by PER typically won their head to head mathups with their counterparts on the other team. Stuckey, Knight, Daye (the best by far), Prince (pretty decent), Monroe, Drummond. In addition, we had JJ positive at small forward. And Kravtsov just barely negative at center. (Yeah, poor sample size for sure.) My point - we should have been winning games. Theoretically, a rotation somewhat like this should have gotten us into the playoffs: Start Stuckey, Daye, Prince, Monroe, Drummond 2nd unit) Knight, (Daye or Prince staying on with the 2nd unit), JJ, (Drummond or Monroe staying on with the 2nd unit), Kravtsov. What we got instead? The utter non-sense of Stuckey playing out of position at shooting guard. Guys like Bynum and CV playing who can't match up with anyone. Singler, who continually plays losing basketball in relation to his opposing player. And JJ, playing too much power forward. Throw in some injured Corey Maggette, an injured Calderon, and our defense was even worse. We lost from poor choices Dumars made of who he put on the team, and we lost because of a coach who seemingly could care less about ever winning games. Remember, it was Stuckey who got coach to play him off the bench, giving us a small chance at least of winning a game now and then. But it was Daye, always Daye, who should have come into the starting unit at shooting guard, not Singler. Who cares if Daye was in a shooting slump - he was always outplaying the opposing player. I do have him out of position at shooting guard in this rotation, but from my observations, he even better at winning his matchups there than at small forward. His defense is just that good, and you put him at shooting guard and hey, he towers over opposing shooting guards on offense. Back to my original theme of this post. Lets say Dumars did not get rid of guys by announcing to the league that players were free to good homes as he so much likes to do. We should have never let Billups go, and really, you like defense, keep a guy like Rip Hamilton for sure. Our team could be: Billups, Stuckey, Afflalo, Delfino, Prince, Daye, Monroe, Amir, Drummond. Who knows who else would be on the team. We would never have missed the playoffs, so it would be doubtful if we ever had guys like Monroe or Drummond. There is a silver lining to everything I guess, but why lose season after season to get somewhere. Win, win, and win some more. Then trade players away for others. Trade value goes straight up for winners. But to my point. We let Afflalo go? And kept Gordon? We let a guy like Amir go, who plays D? and have ended up keeping a total non - defender around in CV? We let Delfino go, just as he was getting 100% after the knee surgery - why - some malarchy about he had had 3 years to prove himself.