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Finally: Pistons trade makes team better now and in future, increases odds of playoffs

Jose Calderon | Raptorsrepublic.com

Jose Calderon | Raptorsrepublic.com

By Patrick Smith

As I am sure most of you know, last night the Detroit Pistons traded Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three team trade in which Rudy Gay went to the Raptors and the Pistons netted Jose Calderon.

Obviously this is great news.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone calling this a loss for the Pistons, so I am not going to spend too much time explaining why it’s so great for Detroit, but I need to spend at least a few paragraphs spiking the football here. As others have pointed out it’s probably the first trade since 2004 that the Pistons and Joe Dumars actually won, and they won it in a big way. This trade made the Pistons better right now and increased their salary cap room to around $30 million next season. The trade also increased the Pistons chances of making the playoffs, although it still seems unlikely they will catch the Celtics.

First off, Jose Calderon may be the best player involved in this trade across all teams, his player efficiency rating (PER) this season of 19.38 is five points higher than Rudy Gay’s, and ranks as 38th in the league, and he has a higher win share than Gay or anyone else. How you feel about these combo stats will determine your excitement about this, but it is arguable the Pistons got the best player and gave up the least in this trade.

What is not arguable is that the Pistons got the absolute best fit. If you were to make a list of needs for the Pistons, regardless of position it would go in some order like this:

  1. More playmaking
  2. Less turnovers
  3. Better 3-point shooting
  4. Better free throw shooting
  5. Better perimeter defense

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Detroit Sports Memories: Guaransheed

Detroit Sports Memories

In this new series, we will be sharing mementos from our hometown sports teams in the years gone by. Some will harken back to championship glory, while others will reflect back on some of the more tormenting times for Detroit fans.

It didn’t take long to figure out which Detroit figure to start with—it was more of a question of which moment to select from this former Piston who was a Human Sound Bite during his 5+ year stint here.

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American Made – Jonas Jerebko

Pat Smith returns with a shiny new piece on a video series featuring Jonas Jerebko, the injured Pistons’ player we interviewed at Social Media Night, being produced by Nike Sportswear Sweden.

By Patrick Smith

The latest episode of Nike Sportswear Sweden’s “American Made” features the Pistons’ own Swedish import Jonas Jerebko driving through the streets of Detroit with Swedish-born rapper Adam Tensta. The video is a little heavy on Tensta talking about himself and a little light on basketball talk for my taste, but the cinematography is cool and Jerebko shows once again why he’s a fan favorite with his down-to-earth style.

Definitely worth a look for Jonas’ beautiful Aryan mug and some nice shots of Detroit, both grimy and picaresque.

Below the jump are the trailer and first episode that were released earlier this year, as well as the freshly released episode two.

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Pistons Social Media Night Recap

On Wednesday evening we attended the Pistons‘ first Social Media Night event at the Palace. Mike submitted our blog a few weeks prior and we were one of the lucky to be chosen. Despite reports of upwards of 10” of snow and the Pistons pulling out all their moves to lure fans to the game fearing low attendance we made it to the Palace of Auburn Hills in one piece.

Once we arrived at the Palace, we checked in with the PR staff, received our credentials and headed to the Champion’s Club, a VIP lounge located within the bowels of the arena. Starting at $35 per person, fans were able to buy a ticket to the game, a social media t-shirt and entrance into the meet and greet with forward Jonas Jerebko. Following a myriad of photo-ops and autograph requests from the fans, Jerebko took a few minutes to field questions from us bloggers who were on hand. Personable and relaxed, he makes for an excellent ambassador for the team—especially given the rock star-like following he has from Viking-horned fans.

If you haven’t been to our Pistons tab, below is video footage of our questions being answered by Jerebko:

We were then whisked upstairs to our suite, which was replete with Pistons Yearbooks and social media swag. We were given press access to the wireless network inside the arena bowl, which allowed us to provide live updates and instantly upload videos and photographs to the site.

Mike on his laptop in the suite     © Woodward Spine 2011

As far as the game itself is concerned, it was a typical showing from this Pistons squad. After a lethargic first half in which they shot under 40 percent and were outrebounded 28-16, they mounted a nice comeback, which saw them claim the lead and the command of the game. However, the Bobcats snuffed them out early in the 4th quarter with a 16-1 run from which they built an 18-point cushion. The Pistons were able to slice the lead back to 7, but it was too little, too late.

Coming into the game, they were a mere 3.5 games behind the Bobcats for the 8th and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. While hardly a benchmark accomplishment, it’s a step in the right direction for this crestfallen franchise that undoubtedly could use revenue generated from playoff sales. If they end up on the outside of the playoff picture, this loss at home to Charlotte will prove to be one of the biggest blows.

Lower-level hallway to press conference room    © Woodward Spine 2011

After the game, we shuffled downstairs for a post-game press conference with forward Charlie Villanueva. He said that while it was a tough loss, they have to put it behind them and focus on the next game at hand. He was visibly deflated and one can only assume that the mounting losses, along with the Rip Hamilton circus and unsettled ownership have to be taking their toll. Nonetheless, it was still cool that he took part in the event and answered all of our questions.

Charlie Villanueva taking questions from bloggers after the game    © Woodward Spine 2011

Overall, I applaud the Pistons organization for their proactivity in launching Social Media Night. Even with the team’s struggles, any publicity is good for the franchise so it’s nice that they’re embracing the social web chatter, rather than rejecting it. To be brought into the media fold for a game, even if on a limited basis, gave us an interesting vantage point into some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the team.

There were a few kinks in the night, which can easily be excused considering this was their first go-round with this promotion. The meet and greet with Jerebko was delayed by 15 minutes or so, which, as a result meant that our session with reporters Heather Zara and Keith Langlois was sacrificed. Also, early e-mails didn’t specify information regarding ticket pick-up and laptop limitation but were sorted out once we arrived. These little hurdles weren’t anything big and the night was flawless once the game began. We hope that this event becomes an annual occurrence for the Pistons’ organization and look forward to other opportunities to work with the Pistons in future.

– MF & JB

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Follow us at the Pistons Game

Click on the PISTONS tab to follow our live game coverage!

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Jonas Jerebko Meet & Greet

Waiting for Jonas…

-MF & JB

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Send us your questions for Charlie Villanueva and Jonas Jerebko

As you know by now, we’re going to be at the Palace tonight covering the Pistons game for their Social Media Night. While we’re thrilled to have been selected to take part, we’d like to give our readers the chance to get in on the fun too. If you have any questions that you’d like us to ask Charlie V. or J.J., submit them in the comments section below and be sure to check back for their responses.

In the meantime, stay tuned here and on Twitter for the latest updates from Auburn Hills.

– MF & JB

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