Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Central Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Central Division.

By: David Kay

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Bulls-Pistons Tweet at a thon


By Paul M. Banks and H. Jose Bosch

It’s a Tweet at a thon. not a Tweet a thon, but a Tweet at a each other a thon. It’s one of the NBA’s greatest rivalries, Bulls-Pistons, always a good time, even when the teams’ combined records are 12-20, as they are tonight. So TSB’s resident Bulls and Pistons experts are going at it, with only the mediums of Twitter and WordPress between them.

(PMB) Bulls-Pistons It’s on HJB. Let’s see what you got with no Rip and no Tayshuan.

(HJB) We got a good chance at beating your sorry ass.

(PMB) the piston’s d is making taj gibson look like wilt chamberlain

(HJB) I finally found the game online, but the quality is about as good as watching the game with cataract

(HJB) We have the Bulls right were we want them. Lull them into a sense of false security.

(HJB) Remember when I said we were going to beat your sorry ass? I still mean it.

(PMB) interesting strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for them. Ben Gordon is getting massvely BOOED evrytime he touches the ball

(PMB) nice shot Will Bynum. Altho I do love Ben Wallace’s ABA style headband. Skiles wouldnt let him wear it when he was here

(HJB) Nice save by Noah. Ass

(PMB) damn Det scores again, I wanted there to be a single digit in there for 1st pd scoring. would have been sweet And the Bears lead the Lions 24-10 after 1 qtr.

rose is a lot more substance, and a lot less hype than Cutler. Austin Daye needs to eat more thanksgiving leftovers

(HJB) I smell a cooooooomeback

(PMB) even though Noah just “arced” on you guys!

(PMB) talk to me when you get the deficit to single digits, in a game like this, 1st team to 85 pts wins


(HJB) Noah could be saving babies from a burning building and I’d still want to punch him in the face

(HJB) Wow. Rose almost ate the rim. Christ.

(HJB) There’s possibly a chance Detroit has just given up. I mean, really?

(HJB) I’m not sure if I should be happy that Detroit managed to be down by just 10 at the half or the Bulls lack a killer instinct. (48-38 Bulls)

(HJB) Well here we go. I’m still confident the Pistons will win. Mainly becuase I have to be. BTW,someone just dropped a FUCK on TV

(HJB) Count it!

(HJB) This game isn’t particularly thrilling. But I’m glad the Pistons are actually competing.

(PMB) I can’t believe it’s a 1 possession game now. Jonas Jerebko is dangerous

(HJB) God damn you Chicago!!! Lame.

(HJB) This game is the perfect example of why the NBA shouldn’t matter until the playoffs

(HJB) When Miller turns to face the basket, it’s probably a safe bet someone should defend Rose.

(PMB) It’s such a LONG SEASON, I see your point. It’s funny how it’s a winter game, but it’s hot out when the season starts and ends. Its like the people who say you only need to watch the last 5 min of a game

(PMB) Lindsey Hunter sounds like the name of a hottie Skinemax actress. Rodney Stuckey sounds like the name of a 70s comedian that would do frequent guest spots on Sanford and Son

(HJB) Yeah and Joakim Noah looks like a tranny.


(HJB) When announcers talk about a game being “scrappy” and “grinding” they really mean “This game sucks.”

(PMB) That’s true! it’s like when they say someone is a “lunch-pail guy”, tremendous worker”, blue-collar” etc. It means he has no athletic ability. The server keeps timing out here in the arena when I try to get on Twitter, so I’m just going to finish my updates in wordpress from here on out.

(PMB) Bulls up 80-71. There is a LOUD DRUNK MORON BULLS FAN sitting right behind me. HE IS A DOUCHEBAG with his screaming, and I’m getting a headache, so I’m going to finish the exchange up in the press room. Talk to ya in a bit HJB.

(HJB) You shouldn’t say those kinds of things about Jay Mariotti. He has feelings, you know.

(HJB) At this stage of a game, should the announcers be allowed to just rip on anyone or anything they observe off the court? I think it would make the broadcast more interesting. Better yet, for the last three minutes of any bad game, the announcers should be allowed to just be fans and say whatever they feel without punishment.

(HJB) I don’t think fans should kid themselves. Even with Rip and Prince back, this team will still be bad. And the broadcasters were just doing Road Runner impersonations. Yeah, the cartoon roadrunner. Maybe they are allowed to say whatever they want.

(HJB) The last 20 seconds of this game have been sloppier than a girls’ middle school basketball.

(HJB) It appears your terrible team is just slightly better than my terrible team.  The NBA: Expect mediocrity!

(PMB) Joakim Noah after the game “it was sloppy and it was kind of boring, but a w is a w.” I don’t think you would disagree HJB

(PMB) I guess you could say “the NBA where mediocrity happens”

(PMB) HA HA nice Mariotti comment HJB. I was the last of the five journalists at my table to leave, and that was a mistake, because the douche started trying to talk to me. Asking me who I work for and what I was doing…I’m like “just working hard buddy, working hard” The less I said to him the better.

(PMB) So of course everyone wanted to discuss BG coming back and getting booed, and there was a large contingent of reporters in the locker room around him. But I’ll devote another post to that. Flip video of BG included! Great job with this exchange HJB

NBA Power Rankings: #20 Detroit Pistons


By David Kay and Paul M. Banks

2008-09 Season Summary:
In Detroit, both the automotive industry and the professional basketball team headquartered there are in need of aggressive rebuilding options. Both have also seen better days. Despite trading Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess (who was waived and later re-signed) for superstar Allen Iverson, the Pistons regressed during the regular season, partly due to the controversial moves of first year head coach Michael Curry. The former players union representative made questionable choices that disrupted team chemistry, including playing Iverson and Richard Hamilton as sixth men. ‘08-‘09 was the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Pistons failed to reach 50 wins and finished with a losing mark. Detroit also saw their sellout streak at The Palace of Auburn Hills end on February 4. The streak began on January 19, 2004, the year the Pistons won their third NBA title, and was the franchise’s longest sellout streak at 259.

Still, the Pistons were able to earn the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, but were quickly swept out of the first round of the Playoffs by LeBron’s Cavs. It was the first time the Pistons have been eliminated in round one since 2000. In the previous season, Detroit advanced to the NBA Conference Finals for the sixth straight time, where they lost to the NBA Champion Boston Celtics. Today however, the window seems to be closed on the Pistons’ tremendous run this decade.

Depth Chart:
C: Kwame Brown/Chris Wilcox/Ben Wallace
PF: Charlie Villanueva/Jason Maxiell/Jonas Jerebko
SF: Tayshaun Prince/Austin Daye/DaJuan Summers/Deron Washington
SG: Richard Hamilton or Ben Gordon
PG: Rodney Stuckey/Will Bynum

Head Coach: John Kuester (1st year)

2009-2010 Team Salary:
$61.3 million
Projected 2010-2011 Team Salary: approximately $53.0 million

Off-Season Grade: Failed

The Pistons entered the off-season with a ton of cap space.  Unfortunately for Detroit fans, they wasted that flexibility by signing two streaky, offensive-minded players to long-term deals totaling $93 million.  Ish.

hamilton_300_070104Ben Gordon got five years, $58 million and Charlie Villanueva a 5 years, $35 million deal.  The Pistons put their future in the hands of two players who have yet to show they can carry a franchise.  What makes the Gordon signing even more strange is that Detroit already has Richard Hamilton locked up for the next four years at almost $50 million.  That’s $108 million spent on two shooting guards who really don’t have the ability to play another position.  Unless Hamilton is dealt during the season, that’s not a wise investment in my opinion.

One of the major holes this off-season was up-front for the Pistons who faced losing Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess to free agency.  While Villanueva plays power forward, he is far from an intimidating post presence or physical on the boards and spends most his minutes out on the perimeter.  Detroit addressed their need for some toughness inside by bringing back Ben Wallace even though he was washed up two years ago.  Chris Wilcox was signed at a reasonable price and will likely see a good amount of playing time off the bench.

I am far from in love with the selection of Austin Daye at number fifteen.  Daye is a skilled big man with plenty of potential but is soft and rail thin and couldn’t even establish himself on a consistent basis at Gonzaga.  Don’t be surprised if second round pick DaJuan Summers sees more minutes than Daye this season.

2009-2010 Outlook:

Remember, just two years ago Detroit had the best record in the East and was a year-in, year-out contender for the NBA title.  The new look Pistons are going through a reformation of sorts and will not be the defensive-minded team that they have been for the majority of this decade.  Gordon and Villanueva will bring some offensive fire power alongside veterans Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, but there are big question marks on the rest of the roster.

Detroit enters camp with Kwame Brown slated as the starting center which is never an encouraging sign.  It will interesting to see if someone steps up and becomes the low post threat the Pistons need to replace the likes of ‘Sheed and McDyess.

The point guard play will also be worth watching.  Rodney Stuckey is more of a combo guard than a true one and will have to carry more of the ball-handling and play-making responsibilities with Allen Iverson gone.  If he doesn’t firmly establish himself in that role, Detroit might have to look for a true point guard at some point during the season.

Looking Ahead to the Summer of 2010:
Detroit destroyed any cap flexibility they will have for next summer by throwing all that money at Gordon and Charlie V.  Brown will be a free agent and barring a breakout season will likely end up elsewhere meaning the Pistons will need to find an answer at center.  I still maintain that Hamilton needs to be traded at some point, so if it doesn’t happen during the season, I would think Joe Dumars would explore that option during the off-season.