In short, Patrick argues:
Both Gordon and Villanueva seem like pleasant enough guys. Both could have legitimate beefs about how they’ve been used at times with this team, and they’ve largely kept quiet in the media about it, remained positive and seem like good teammates.
Unfortunately, both are paid like cornerstones of a franchise, and clearly, neither guy is. Ultimately the blame for signing them to long-term deals for the amount of money they’re making lies with Joe Dumars.
I encourage any Pistons fan to check out the rest of his piece. It’s one of my favorite posts of the season. I agree with Patrick on essentially every point he makes, which is no surprise considering that BG and Charlie V are wonderful examples of the type of player that Wins Produced analysis argues conventional wisdom overvalues.
I thought it may be interesting, though, to supplement Patrick’s keen analysis with the Automated Wins Produced numbers to underscore the points he rightly makes. Without further ado, here are the career Wins Produced numbers for both players (powered by Nerd Numbers):
Remembering that an “average” players posts a Wins Produced per 48 Minutes of .100, the Wins Produced numbers suggest that both players, who are on the books at significant cost to whomever the Pistons new owner might be, are actually below average. Or in other words, they contribute very little to winning, as Patrick rightly claims.
Both players present a significant problem for Detroit. They have certainly underperformed relative to their career averages (especially given their age – we would expect to see peak performance right about now), but even worse, their career performances in general are very underwhelming. Essentially, both have gone from bad to worse as Pistons, and there’s little to suggest they might right the ship.
With Patrick, although I’d argue the point a little more forcefully, I conclude that it’s time for a change.
It’s not Gordon’s or Villanueva’s fault that the Pistons offered them the deals they did. I respect that both players seemingly wanted to be in Detroit and made the commitment. But the Pistons rightfully expected more out of them, and whether or not the Pistons would be better off cutting their losses and looking for trades for both of their high profile signings of 2009 is now a legitimate question the team will have to answer.