Reggie Jackson: C
After missing the first 21 games of the season, Reggie Jackson has basically been Reggie Jackson. He’s averaging just over 16 points and five assists a game in his 22 games back. The issue with Jackson, as it has always been, is his inefficiency. He’s only shooting 43%, which is a problem, and has increased his three-point percentage to a career high 37%, which while not great, is an encouraging sign. Jackson’s returned has effected the chemistry and flow of the Pistons, but the initial rust was expected, and he’s undoubtedly the best option the Pistons have at point guard. The team will go as Reggie goes, and the entire fanbase has been waiting for everyone involved to breakthrough this season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: B-
KCP is really fighting for that $20 million a year extension in the offseason, posting career highs in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free-throw percentage. He’s also been Detroit’s go-to scorer late in games this season, but has slacked a little bit on the defensive end, which is supposed to be his calling card. If KCP can up his production and growth, he may receive that contract extension he’s looking for.
Ish Smith: C
Smith did a commendable job in Reggie Jackson’s absence controlling the offense, but he’s been far from stellar. He’s shooting barely over 25% from three point range and he’s awful on defense. The team seems to like playing with him, and the offense flows with him, so he fills his role as a backup.
Beno Udrih: B
Udrih has done exactly what he’s needed to in a Pistons uniform. He’s provided a spark off the bench, and been a “next man up” whenever the Pistons were short on bodies, plus him and Aron Baynes’ hair provides countless commentary to the opposition’s broadcast team.
Michael Gbinije: F
Gbinije’s grade should be more of a incomplete considering he doesn’t ever play, but being sent to the D-League gives you a point deduction. Don’t worry though, this is probably the least concerning failing grade ever.
Darrun Hilliard: D+
Hilliard has been put in a tough spot. He’s expected to be an every night backup and that’s just above his skill level.