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Rip Hamilton’s Absence Felt

In General NBA on November 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Good article on

The immediate reaction to Pistons losses against Oklahoma City and Milwaukee was the fact that the Pistons relied primarily on one-on-one basketball.

The stats showed it, as they had 20 assists in the win over Memphis and just 29 combined in the next two games, which also just so happened to be without Rip Hamilton.

The article continues

But is one player enough to make the assist total go down that much? According to last season, yes.

Hamilton missed 15 games a season ago. When he was on the court, the Pistons averaged 21.3 assists per game. When he was out, the averaged 17.4 per game.


His scoring is obviously missed, but his constant motion is missed even more.

With the constant assumption that the Pistons will look to deal Hamilton out there, perhaps it should not be underestimated how important he is to the offense. It’s much more fluid when he’s on the court, and the past two games, it’s been obvious that there’s no one on the roster currently who can replace exactly what Rip can do.

  1. and … despite the success they experienced last night against a still depleted Magic squad … going with the combination of Bynum + Gordon + Stuckey, in the same 5-man unit, is a recipe for disaster [i.e. long term stagnation] for the Pistons.

  2. RH is a very good veteran player!
    Of course the Pistons are missing him!
    It’s worse because of the lack of a passing PG.

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