November 9, 2012 was the last time an NBA player recorded 20 or more assists when Rajon Rondo put up a line of 14 points and 20 assists in a loss to Philadelphia. Brandon Jennings is the nest with 21 dimes last night, a career high, but also 24 of his own points in a 128-118 win over the visiting Magic. It was lob city for Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe ate heartily at the rim, too, thanks to Jennings’ career night. Read More »
/ Jan 19, 2015 / 1:30 pm
What a difference three weeks makes.
The Detroit Pistons have won 10 of their last 13 games, emerging as one of the league’s brightest stories after beginning the season as its biggest disappointment. Key to the team’s rise has been the play of third-year big man Andre Drummond, who’s steadily emerging as a devastating interior presence on both ends of the floor.
The 21 year-old star recently took some time from spurring the Pistons’ midseason turnaround to talk with Dime about interacting with fans, the ballyhooed release of Josh Smith, his team’s chances for 2014-2015 and more. Read More »
/ Dec 16, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Blake Griffin had 18 points and seven rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Clippers bigs largely outplayed Detroit’s three-headed monster in the front-court during a 113-91 win in LA Monday night. A simple high screen by Blake even led to this sizzling lob for the DJ jam. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
The circumstances surrounding Greg Monroe’s signed qualifying offer are finally clear. According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, Monroe never intended to sign a long-term contract with the Detroit Pistons – even if the team offered him the max-level deal he so sought. Read More »
The bluffs were anything but and the threats were real. After months of divisive long-term contract negotiations, Greg Monroe has taken the unprecedented step of signing a one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons. Read More »
/ Sep 3, 2014 / 4:45 pm
It’s hard to avoid thinking about an 18-footer clanking against the iron every time one discusses the offensive repertoire of Josh Smith. The former Hawk and current Pistons small forward has a tendency to jack the ball from the perimeter despite his long, 6-9 body and 7-foot wingspan. But with new coach/GM Stan Van Gundy assuring Smith he’ll be around next season, he’s apparently dedicated himself to bulking up this summer in preparation for some time in the paint at power forward. Read More »
/ Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »
July has come and gone and August is quickly doing the same. You know what that means? The NBA Offseason is on its last leg and winding down as teams begin to look towards the start of camp. Read More »
It turns out that Greg Monroe wasn’t bluffing at all. According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, the disgruntled restricted free agent big man has told the Detroit Pistons he will make good on a lasting threat of signing the team’s one-year qualifying offer and becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. Read More »