The 2013-14 season has mercifully come to an end for the Detroit Pistons, giving us the opportunity to evaluate the play of every single player on the roster.
A busy offseason led to heightened expectations for the Pistons, who haven't been to the postseason since 2009. But after looking like a playoff team in the weak Eastern Conference even into the early parts of 2014, they fell apart over the final two months, winning just seven of their final 30 games.
President of basketball operations Joe Dumars will not have his contract renewed, and Maurice Cheeks was fired as head coach midseason, so there will be big changes throughout the organization before the start of the 2014-15 season. Whoever takes over those roles will be tasked with evaluating the play of all 15 Pistons players, much like we will with these end-of-season grades.
Every player on the roster is being evaluated on his play for the entirety of the season against expectations for his play, not against each other or even the league as a whole.
For instance, an end-of-the-bench player who works his way into the rotation will receive a higher grade than a starter whose play fell off from previous seasons. For the grades, the players are ordered by total minutes played, from lowest to highest.