With a 30-52 record, it's not surprising the Pistons have few good grades. Only rookie center Greg Monroe and longtime veteran Tayshaun Prince were able to earn above-average marks. Monroe went from not playing the first two games of his career to becoming arguably the team's best player and giving fans hope for the future. Prince was a model of consistency in what will likely be his final season with the Pistons. As for the others, the season was marked by inconsistent to bad play to downright buffoonery, and the grades are also a reflection of attitude problems. No matter how you look at it, few Pistons deserve praise for this season. Greg MonroeCenter A -- It seems like a long time since Pistons fans were horrified about how out of place Monroe looked during a 23-point drubbing at the hands of the Celtics in the fourth game of the season. Tayshaun PrinceForward B Prince put up a nice, all-around season in what will likely be his Pistons swan song. The unrestricted free agent will likely leave after nine seasons that include the 2004 NBA title. Tracy McGradyGuard/forward C Signed to the veteran's minimum deal just before training camp, McGrady provided stability at the point guard position. The team would have been worse if he wasn't around. Another year of rehab on his surgically repaired left knee should do wonders. Austin DayeGuard/forward C Many nights he showed the potential of a silky smooth small forward. If he can gain a little more strength, he could grow into a matchup nightmare for opponents.
Inconsistency, attitude problems leave Pistons' final grades D-flated
Detroit Free Press | Apr 17