Pistons Add Firepower

Jul 2, 2009
The Pistons made a big splash in the NBA Free Agent Pool by signing on two of the most coveted free agents on the market.  They added a big-time scorer in Ben Gordon, who unlike Allen Iverson, has not only shown that he’s OK with coming off the bench, but thrives in the situation.  He averaged 20.7 during the regular season and 24.3 in an epic playoff showdown with Boston.  For his career he’s averaging 18.5 ppg.  He’s a great three-point shooter (2.1 per game at 41%) and a career 86% free throw shooter.  At just 26 years of age, his best years have probably yet to come.

The Pistons also added some muscle in the form of Charlie Villanueva.  He is an inside scoring presence as well as a decent rebounder.  He averaged 16.2 points in 26.9 minutes per game.  He added 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 0.6 steals.  He can stretch defenses out by knocking down the three (1.1 per game at 34.5%).

The deals for the former UConn stars won’t be official until July 8th.  Gordon’s is for five years at $55-60 million and Villanueva’s is for five years at $40 million.  Perhaps the best aspect for the Pistons is they are getting two players from division rivals.

With Iverson and Rasheed Wallace gone, nobody should take too much of a fantasy hit with this signing.  With Gordon gone, John Salmons’ fantasy value increases.  In Milwaukee, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s fantasy value increases.

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