You might have heard, but for the sixth consecutive season, the Detroit Pistons once again failed to qualify for the playoffs.
On the bright side (grasping at straws here), we’ve been living vicariously through a collection of former Pistons, all making postseason appearances for their decidedly non-Piston ballclubs. Unfortunately, for most exes involved, it hasn’t been pretty:
Josh Smith, Houston Rockets: Smith was, dare we say, dominant in Game 2 of his team’s series against the Mavericks. With poster dunks, steals, blocks, and six (!!) alley-oop connections with his frontcourt running mate Dwight Howard, he’s playing like the Josh Smith we never saw during his time in Detroit. In all, Smith tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in Tuesday night’s romp.
Jonas Jerebko & Luigi Datome, Boston Celtics: Jerebko chipped in seven points off the bench in Game 2 of their series against the Cavaliers, following up a scoreless Game 1. Datome, meanwhile, has played just 39 seconds of playoff basketball thus far. That said, that’s 39 more seconds than anyone currently on Detroit’s roster. Boston trails in the series 0-2.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: The good news? Middleton, dealt to Milwaukee in 2013 for Brandon Jennings, leads his team in scoring, averaging 20 points a night through Milwaukee’s first two playoff games against Chicago. The bad news? Like the Celtics, the Bucks are in an 0-2 hole.
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors: Amir, one of the last active connections to the Pistons’ mid-2000’s glory years, is averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors. But guess what? Toronto’s in an 0-2 hole in their series against Washington. On the plus side, that means former Piston and current Wizard Will Bynum, a DNP-CD through two games, is technically up 2-0.
Charlie Villanueva, Dallas Mavericks: After working his way onto the roster as a non-guaranteed invitee at the beginning of the season, Villanueva scored six points in 1:48 during Game 1 (all coming via 3-pointer, to the surprise of no one). His five-point contribution in Game 2 couldn’t prevent his Mavs from falling into, you guessed it, an 0-2 hole.