I guess as the trade line approaches I'll update Detroit. I'll use RoyalWun/nate33 model because it looks good and is easy for people to see and understand.
PG: Brandon Knight / Rodney Stuckey / Will Bynum
Detroit has been suffering greatly from their PG play, all this guys are score first PGs, in fact Stuckey and Knight are combo guards and having a hard time playing PG. Bynum has been the best of the 3 this season, he is inconsistent and sometimes he goes way out of control but at least he can run the offense, find the open guys and is running the second unit very well.
Stuckey has been the first player of the bench, he had a disastrous start of season but is back to his usual form, inconsistent, inefficient but he can attack the basket and go to the free throw line at will and does not get a ton of TOs.
Knight is a complete disaster, he ranks #14 in TOs in the league, his assists numbers are horrible, he is incapable of run basic plays like throw a lob to Drummond or attack the basket and kick out for the open man. He is having a hard time learning the position. On defense, he has games where he shuts down opponents and nights where he watches the game.
Bynum is an expiring, Detroit FO likes Knight too much due to his work ethic so I can't see him being traded anytime soon and Detroit FO also like Stuckey, he wanted out after his rookie deal was over but Detroit FO refused to let him go. Knight could really use a veteran mentor here and is probably Detroit's biggest and more urgent need.
SG: Kyle Singler / Kim English
Detroit doesn't have a single SG on the roster, English had a few chances early in the season but he couldn't get it done. Singler was drafted as a 3/4 and is currently starting at SG for the last 31 games. Singler started extremely well but slowed down quite a lot. He is a solid glue guy who doesn't make mistakes and can hit his shots most of the time but he is quite invisible most of the time. He is extremely cheap so I can't see him being traded even for an upgrade. English has no value and might even be waived at the end of the season.
SF: Tayshaun Prince / Austin Daye / Khris Middleton / Corey Maggette
Prince is what he is, solid at everything not great at anything, he is a glue guy veteran who will do whatever is needed of him to help the team. Whenever the team is in trouble he is the guy who will get the ball and try to make the big plays. Detroit assured him he will not be traded.
Daye started the season out of the rotation, since inserted in the rotation he has been consistent with his shot and has been fighting for rebounds and on the defense. There were reports about Detroit shopping him a few weeks ago and his recent play surely increased his value around the league. I'd not be shocked to see him traded.
Middleton haven't played at all, he haven't done great in the DLeague either but he is a project locked on a cheap 4 years deal.
Maggette is washed up and can't do anything on the court to help a team anymore. His value is for his expiring contract and for his veteran presence on the locker room and that's about it.
PF: Jason Maxiell / Charlie Villanueva / Jonas Jerebko
Maxiell is having a career year, he has been solid on defense especially with his blocks, he is a terrible defensive rebounder and sometimes hurt the team because of it. He developed a very consisted pick and pop game and if left open will hit most of his mid range Js. He is more suited to come off the bench to a contender imo, I'd love to see Drummond starting but Maxiell and CV or Jerebko coming off the bench would be a complete disaster as they're all small and terrible rebounders.
Charlie Villanueva surprisingly is trying really hard this season, he probably realize this is one of his last chances to stay in the league and be paid for it after being kicked out of Dominicana's national team and not play much last season. He started out of the rotation and fought to get his minutes, since he got inserted into the rotation the team improved a lot, playing next to Drummond has been helping him a lot. His advanced stats are pretty good and I doubt Detroit will amnesty him next season if he continues to play at this level until the end of the season.
Jonas Jerebko was the biggest disappointment of the season. He was missused, Frank tried to turn him into a stretch 4 and destroyed his game. Last season Jonas was one of the most efficient players from mid range, he also hustle a lot so he gets a lot of offensive rebounds but playing away from the basket on offense really hurts his game. He is out of the rotation and has 9 millions left on his contract after this season. Too much for a 3rd stringer, he should be moved if they can't find a spot for him to play consistently and play up for his strengths.
C: Greg Monroe / Andre Drummond / Slava Kravtsov
Monroe is trying to develop a mid range game to transition to PF and his offensive rebounds as well his efficiency have been hurting from that. He did not take the leap most expected but he is still a very good offensive player, he has been worse on defense tho.
Drummond have surprised everyone, no one expected him to be this good and have the kind of impact he is having on the game. He is a monster on defense and one of the best rebounders in the league. He still has a hard time understanding box out concept but yet he is one of the best rebounders int he league, He likely won't be starting anytime soon because Detroit need a big defensive player on the second unit next to CV and Monroe is still trying to develop a mid range game so they're not the best fit together. Frank is increasing his minutes slowly tho.
Kravtsov is a big disappointment so far, he was signed as a ready to play athletic 7 footer who would provide the size Detroit needed. He hasn't been able to play so far and likely isn't NBA material. His contract is only 500k guaranteed next season and I wouldn't be surprised to see him cut.
In short Detroit need a starter caliber SG, a veteran mentor pass first backup PG, a starter caliber PF and they need to reduce the cost of their 3rd stringers (Maggette, Jonas, Kravtsov are paid 16 million to not play)
Using Texas Chuck model
Keeper: Drummond, Monroe, Knight, Prince
Don't mind keeping: Singler, Villanueva, Stuckey (Probably)
Shopping: Daye, Maxiell, Bynum, Maggette, Jerebko
Filler with no real value: English, Middleton, Kravtsov