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:
- More playmaking
- Less turnovers
- Better 3-point shooting
- Better free throw shooting
- Better perimeter defense
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.
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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– MF & JB
Waiting for Jonas…
-MF & JB
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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