The Pistons have had a wild, up-and-down season, with more downs recently — Stan Van Gundy’s squad has dropped nine of their last 10 games. At 22-26, Detroit has slipped to ninth in the East, three games back of the Sixers, and it’s clear the team is in in need of a shake up in order to make a late push for a playoff spot.
With the trade deadline just over a week away, the Pistons are reportedly being “aggressive” in shopping around the NBA for upgrades in an effort to re-establish themselves as a playoff squad. While Reggie Jackson has typically been the name floated out there at the deadline over the past two years, he appears to be getting a reprieve this year in favor of his backcourt mate, acquired this past summer in a trade from the Celtics, Avery Bradley.
Bradley has averaged 15 points, 2.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game this season in 40 games, as he’s been limited at times with a groin injury. Whether injury related or not, he’s not been as effective as the Pistons had hoped when they acquired him from Boston over the summer for Marcus Morris and let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope walk in free agency. The biggest disappointment has been Bradley’s defensive numbers, as the Pistons have been significantly better defensively with Bradley off the floor than on it, which flies in the face of his reputation as a strong two-way player.