Dumars scores another bargain

Updated: January 24, 2005, 2:08 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

The Upside

Pistons: The Pistons have been the most difficult team in the league to get a handle on this season. One minute they're rattling off a six-game winning streak. The next, they lose three straight. For the season, the Pistons are beating their opponents by a margin of one point per game. While their defense remains solid, only two teams in the league score fewer points per game.

That's inexcusable on a team with so much offensive talent. Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace are each capable of scoring 20 points per game. Tayshaun Prince easily could score 15 ppg if he shot a little more. Ben Wallace is the only offensive liability on the team, but his excellent defense more than makes up for it.

Part of the Pistons' problem is the team's inability to convert turnovers into easy buckets on the fast break. The Pistons really lack a true point guard who can push it up the floor and find the open man for an easy basket. Billups and Lindsey Hunter have played well for them, but both naturally think shoot first, pass second.

Enter Carlos Arroyo.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer