As the season approaches, the expectations for the Detroit Pistons should be held relatively low. Having one of the NBA’s worst records last season, the Pistons might have THE WORST record this season. Expect the Pistons to win anywhere from 20-25 games this year. For those of you who may say that I’m a Piston basher or they had a lottery pick this year, the Pistons rebuilding effort should have began after the 2006 season. This may sound ridiculous or may be easy to say now, but, had the Pistons done so, the rebuilding effort may have been complete for this season. However, they waited and waited, and now Piston fans will have to endure at least another two to three years of arguably the worst basketball ever played at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
What Changes should have been made? After 2006, the Pistons should have unloaded. Trading away Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince for future picks or young rising talent. This would have made for an ideal scenario. Both players were at the end of their prime and still had value. These players would have been great pieces for playoff contenders. Most of you will say, “the Pistons were in the playoffs, and they were contending, and they just won a Championship a couple years prior.” Well, in the history of the NBA, I bet you can only name maybe, three or four teams that won an NBA Championship without a superstar. Guess which team falls into that category? The 2004 Detroit Pistons. They didn’t “Wow” you with talent or offense, but they played astonishing defense and had a deep core of bench players.
Move number two: Trading Chauncey Billups. Yes the Pistons traded Chauncey, but they did so a couple years late. Billups would have been a huge pick up for any team. For Detroit, this would have cleared cap space and maybe sent some draft picks in return.
Move number three: No extended contracts. If the Pistons were in full rebuilding mode, long term contracts and contract extensions should have been thrown out the window. But instead, they resigned several players from their 2004 Championship run, and paid them liberal deals that they are still paying today. i.e. Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Jason Maxiell.
The Pistons made no incredible move in the off-season due to terrible contracts and poor planning on a rebuilding effort. The “No-Show” Pistons should prove again to have a lottery pick in next years draft, where it’s been proven that Joe Dumars cannot draft talent. Examples: Darko Milicic, Rodney White, Mateen Cleaves, D.J. White, Will Blalock, Jason Maxiell, Alex Acker, Amir Johnson, and Rickey Paulding, just to name a few. We still must wait on players: Rodney Stuckey, Austin Daye, Greg Monroe, DaJaun Summers, and Terrico White. Who knows how they will turn out?
About the Author
Written by Chris Stopczynski
Chris Stopczynski was born and raised on the outskirts of Detroit Michigan. Growing up he became a fan of all Detroit teams. Graduating from Macomb Community College, he's an aspiring writer who hopes to work for a major media contributor in the future. Contact Chris at TheStopper82@aol.com