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I liked him entering Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey the draft, but since

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The Detroit Pistons finally have people talking.

Last month I was driving around Troy, Michigan listening to the Karsch and Anderson show on the radio. Usually, in February they aren’t talking about Custom Detroit Pistons Jerseys anything sports-related, but this day was different.

Derrick Rose was gone, Dennis Smith Jr was in. The news was interesting and unexpected, as he was an asset I failed to consider.

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Smith was not a player I had given much Cheap Derrick Rose Jersey thought to. At NC State he was one of the most fun and explosive players in the NCAA, and I liked him entering the draft, but since he had Cheap Jerami Grant Jersey largely been forgotten.

His career got off to a rocky and slow start. He spent two and half seasons in New York, and his numbers dropped. However, could Detroit be the Cheap Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey place for a rebirth for the high-flying highlight maker?

I say yes.

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Smith Jr. is probably not headed to Cheap Killian Hayes Jersey the Hall of Fame in ten years but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a solid contributor or even more.

Let’s look at the stat lines. Over his stint with the Knicks, he averaged under nine points on about 37 percent shooting. Not great.

But what could he do if put in the right situation? The Knicks are not known for developing young talent (sorry Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina fans), so the black hole of Manhattan was not the ideal environment.

Hit the rewind button.

In his rookie year with Dallas, Smith was one of the primary ball handlers. He put good numbers: 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, and a steal in 30 minutes of play. Two notable players put up similar numbers in their rookie year: Ja Morant (18pts/4reb/7ast) and Russell Westbrook (15pts/5reb/5ast).

It is not realistic to say that Smith will be as good of a player as those two. One is an emerging superstar and one may end up in the Hall of Fame. It is an incredibly high ceiling. But if Smith gets anywhere close to those numbers, Cheap Dennis Smith Jersey the trade will have been well worth it.

Smith has had a rough couple of years, but already his numbers are up since joining the Detroit Pistons. He has shot 35 percent from 3-point range (still not great) and has added a defensive element the Pistons were missing on the perimeter.

If Killian Hayes lives up to his draft pick and Smith even comes close to his ceiling, the Pistons could have one of the better young backcourts in the East.

Smith is on the final year of his contract and can probably be re-signed to a team-friendly deal, so if he ends up bottoming out as a pine rider, it won’t cost the Pistons much, so for a guy with his potential it is a risk worth taking.

I’ve watched some of Smith’s highlights from Dallas and NC State, and I think he could be a solid starter or Sixth Man of the Year contender, which is not a bad ceiling for a guy that the Detroit Pistons did not have to give up much to get.

It can’t be ruled out that he still has the potential to grow into a legitimate star, but realistically he’ll be a solid and flashy guard for years to come. I’ll miss Derrick Rose, but it was a good trade.

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Before making his presence felt for the New York Knicks in the second part of the ’90s, Allan Houston was drafted into an aging Detroit Pistons squad looking to rebuild. Even though the Pistons were merely a shadow of themselves when they were two-time NBA champions, there was still a lot of grit and toughness in that squad.

In a recent interview for The Players Tribune, Houston remembers how important it was for his career to get drafted by the Detroit Pistons. That team had a lot of pride, but it was slowly entering a process of rebuilding. However, watching two leaders on that team in Isiah Thomas and Cheap Joe Dumars Jersey  even for a brief period of time, was enough to inspire Houston and give him the pattern of becoming successful in the NBA.

Detroit was a pivotal time in my life. Looking back on it, I needed to be around people who would push me and challenge me, on and off the court. I experienced the remnants of the Bad Boys. I saw brawls between teammates, players, and management. But I was also fortunate to be mentored by arguably the best NBA backcourt of all time. And wherever Cheap Isiah Thomas Jersey and Joe Dumars went, I followed. I watched their habits, listened to their conversations, studied their preparation.

Allan Houston, via The Players Tribune
For any NBA rookie, it’s important to land in a stable organization with good veteran leadership, and for Houston at that time, the Pistons were the right fit. Both Dumars and Thomas took Houston under their wing and taught him how to be a professional and have a broader perspective of everything, both professionally and personally.

These were legends — guys who … they’re in the Old Heads O.G. Hall of Fame. Serious individuals. Grown men. Those guys, they taught me how to be a pro. How to work. They gave me a vision for the type of career and the long-term impact I wanted to have as a professional and as a man. You couldn’t help but learn from those dudes.

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Houston remembers his time with the Pistons as a lot of hard work, a great environment if you are young and eager to learn about the game. He learned that no matter what type of skillset you have and how good you were, toughness is a highly desirable trait, and it was imprinted in the Pistons’ DNA.

Everything was about hard work, and the players on those teams … they also taught me a valuable lesson about how grimy it could get in the league back then. Because, for as skilled as the guys on my first few Pistons teams were as players, they brought their lunch pails to work every day. No one wasted anything. And, of course, they were also just world-class brawlers.

Allan Houston, via The Players Tribune
Unfortunately for the Pistons, Houston later signed with the Knicks despite the fact they had tremendous potential immediately after Cheap Grant Hill Jersey was drafted. Prime Hill and Houston could’ve been a great dynamic duo for the Pistons, but eventually, it didn’t work out, and the Knicks came in the right time to snatch Houston away. He later made a name for himself with the Knicks, where he played until the end of his career in 2005.

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DETROIT — — Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Andrew Wiggins added 27 to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 116-106 victory over the winless Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The injury-plagued Warriors have won two in a row after dropping their first two games by a combined 65 points. The decisive stretch Tuesday came with Curry on the bench. Rookie big man James Wiseman had a dunk and Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer to cap a 12-0 run that put Golden State up 98-89 in the fourth quarter.

“Just a great feeling to turn what was a mess of a road trip into a really good one,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Cheap Jerami Grant Jersey led the Pistons with 27 points.

The Warriors are without stars Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon) and Draymond Green (right foot), but now Detroit has injury problems of its own. Cheap Blake Griffin Jersey ended up in the concussion protocol and did not play in the second half, and rookie guard Cheap Killian Hayes Jersey left with a sprained right ankle.

The Pistons led 89-86 in the fourth before a 3-pointer by Wiggins tied it. Wiseman’s dunk came after the 7-footer blocked a shot at the other end and dribbled most of the length of the court. That put the Warriors up by six and sent several Golden State players spilling from the bench area in excitement. Curry tossed a towel in the air after Wiggins’ 3 moments later.

The Pistons, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half, were up 51-48 after two quarters. Golden State went on a 17-3 run early in the third, but Detroit stayed close well into the fourth.

Wiggins scored 17 points in the final quarter, and three of his five 3-pointers came in the fourth.

“He was phenomenal,” Kerr said. “He just took over the game, knocking down 3s, getting to the rim, getting to the foul line. Andrew was fantastic, just that whole fourth quarter.”

Wiggins has shot better the past two games after going 10 of 34 from the field to open the season against Brooklyn and Milwaukee.

“Just keep shooting, it’s going to fall,” he said. “You’ve just got to believe in yourself.”

TIP-INS

Warriors: Announced after the game they exercised the third-year contract option for next season on G Jordan Poole. … Golden State improved to 9-22 in regular-season games without both Green and Thompson in the lineup since 2012-13.

Pistons: Griffin did not play in Monday night’s loss at Atlanta because of left knee issues. He finished with eight points Tuesday. Cheap Derrick Rose Jersey, who did not play either on Monday, had 15 points against the Warriors.

TOUGH START

The Pistons have lost all four of their games, although none by more than 10 points.

“We’re playing excellent basketball through stretches, but now that next step is to continue to close the deal,” coach Dwane Casey said. “Some good things, but again, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

UP NEXT

Warriors: Friday night they host Portland. That will be Golden State’s home opener after the Warriors opened with four games on the road.

Pistons: Friday night they host Boston. Detroit went 1-1 against the Celtics last season. Both games were on the road.