Detroit Pistons 2019-20 Team Awards
The Pistons have had a season that has mirrored eight of their previous ten seasons in the fact that they are not playoff contenders. Here we go with yet again another rebuilding year with an overpaid vet on the roster, right?
First off, I don’t think that Blake Griffin is just another overpaid vet on the roster. We saw him in 2019 single-handedly lead the Pistons to the playoffs. The real trouble is officially gone; that being Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Not that they were bad guys, but they definitely weren’t worth the contracts that they were given by the Pistons.
Another thing that I would like to add is that the Pistons really do have some solid young talent, more than I can ever remember them having in over 15 years. They just need to find the superstar to go along with all of the young talent. To be honest though, I have no clue where they’re going to find that superstar to help build the Pistons back to being a winning franchise. This upcoming draft doesn’t look to promising and Detroit isn’t necessarily a free-agent hot spot.
Nonetheless, your 2019-2020 Detroit Pistons season awards, ladies and gents.
MVP: Blake Griffin
Alright alright, enough of the “He has barely played!” I know that I will get some blowback from this. For now, this team goes as Blake Griffin goes. Griffin has been working on a different style of play for the past few seasons. Griffin was able to sink 36 percent of his three point attempts in the 2018-2019 season, helping him score a career-high 24.5 points per game. Let me say that again in case you didn’t catch that, Griffin scored a career-high 24.5 points per game in the 18-19 season, more than any season that he played with Chris Paul in a Clippers uniform. He is the lone reason that the Pistons made the playoffs that year, and his absence has had an extremely negative effect on how the 2019-2020 season has progressed for the Pistons. If Griffin is able to play at least 60 games in the 2020-2021 season, the Pistons will make the playoffs. Bet.
Defensive Player of the Year: Bruce Brown
Brown has proven to be one of only two Pistons draft picks in the last seven years to be on the right track for development. Brown’s defensive energy makes him a great player to keep around for the upcoming rebuild. Now only if his offensive production could develop more quickly, as he averages only nine points per game.
Sixth Man of the Year: Derrick Rose
And there is no close second. Rose leads the Pistons in points per game at 18.1, which happens to be his highest points per game total since his fourth season in the league (2011-2012) when he scored 21.8 points per game for Chicago. Rose has a lesser role today than he did when he was the league MVP, and he seems to have embraced it with his first season in Detroit. Rose is the oldest player on the Pistons roster at 31 years old, and all of the younger players look up to him. If Rose can keep this up for another season or two, it could do wonders for the Pistons as long as Griffin stays healthy and the other players develop as they’re supposed to.
Rookie of the Year: Sekou Doumbouya
Doumbouya has shown signs of tremendous athleticism this season. He started the season playing 16 games for the Grand Rapids Drive, where he scored 17.4 points per game. He was then promoted to the Pistons roster, playing 38 games while starting 19 of them. In a matchup against the Boston Celtics on January 15th, Doumbouya scored a season high 24 points. As a follow up, he only produced a four-point outing against the Hawks in the same amount of minutes played, shooting only one of eight from the field. Consistency is going to be something that the young rookie will strive for in the upcoming seasons, as he has scored only six points per game.
Most Improved Player: Christian Wood
Even though he was a Pelican the previous season, there really is no other better candidate. Wood has scored no less than 18 points in his previous 10 games. However, in that same time frame, the Pistons have won only one of ten and have a negative nine-point differential. If the win-loss record and the point differential were flip-flopped, then maybe I would consider Wood to be the season MVP over Blake Griffin.