Tayshaun Prince was far and beyond the best corner three shooter on the Detroit Pistons. His 54% mark while in Detroit was 12% better than any other member of the squad. So my first question was how the team would do without the last remaining member of Detroit’s 2004 title team. First of all let’s put up the shot chart of the Miami Heat to compare.
The defending champs have shot 43.2% from both corners of the floor. Which is better than every remaining Detroit player’s individual percentage. In case you were wondering, the closest Piston at the time of the deal was Charlie V at 42%.
With that being said, how has Detroit fared since the trade? Well it is much worse than I could have imagined.
That is just awful. The Timberwolves, who are considered one of the worst three point shooting team in the entire league, shoot a better rate on every single part of the floor. I figured this would be an issue, but I couldn’t have imagined that it would be this bad.
How do the Pistons improve? Well at first Singler seemed like a good option, he was shooting 50% through the first five games. He has fallen of lately though, going 1-5 in his last five attempts. Calderon is the other top percentage, but his offensive role doesn’t allow for him to position in the corner. So Singler is still the best option, and hope for Stuckey and Knight to improve from their combined 3-17.
The corner three can be an integral part of an NBA offense, so I don’t think ditching the weapon completely is a great option. It might be the only option however if things don’t improve soon. The Pistons aren’t about to win a championship anyways, so this isn’t the most important issue of the team.