John Kuester: This Guy Is No Rookie Head Coach

Eric YarmolukCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

So far this season in John Kuester's first year as a head coach he is sitting at a 11-12 record with the Detroit Pistons. As though it doesn't seem like a very promising record not even being at a .500 mark thus far, if you look at how Kuester and the Pistons got to that mark it is pretty impressive.

Kuester has probably had one of the toughest rolls as a head coach so far this season but has seemed to be the perfect candidate for the job.

Kuester came in with big expectations coaching a very talented New-Look Pistons team that consists of talent like Rodney Stuckey, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Wallace and Will Bynum and of course rookie sensations Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko.

But to start off the first 23 Kuster and the Pistons have faced too many injuries. Starting off with the injury with Rip who sprained his ankle in the very first game of the season. Then Tayshaun Prince getting a back injury. Then the Pistons lost Ben Gordon and Will Bynum also due to ankle injuries. Charlie Villanueva suffered a broken nose and Chucky Atkins also is sitting day to day with a sprained ankle.

With all these injuries everyone seems to have lost count of just how many different starting lineups we have seen John Kuester and the Pistons run so far this year.

Many bench players have played rolls filling in at the starting position such as Chucky Atkins, Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko and Jason Maxiell.

Despite the many different lineups, the Pistons have found ways to win even the biggest games against Atlanta, Denver and even Orlando.

The Pistons have been able to provide great chemistry which has been a big reason why the Pistons have had great success. Also with the outstanding effort Rodney Stuckey has been providing on the scoring end averaging 25 points per game the past five games, the great improvement Jonas Jerebko shows every game, and Ben Wallace playing like a defensive player of the year candidate grabbing 10 rebounds a game has also proved why the Pistons are great contenders in the East.

John Kuester has also been doing an amazing job rotating these guys throughout the game showing confidence in his team and always keeping fresh legs on the court at all times.

He has been able to see who plays best with who and is always off the bench interacting with his players from the sideline keeping the team under control in big games.

Kuester has shown in his rookie season that he is not scared to compete against any coach in the NBA. He has shown what a great head coach he is and has shown how well he knows the game and has the ability to run a great team and make it deep into the playoffs.

Rookie coach? Theoretically yes, but he looks like he has been coaching for years.