1 Championship, 2 NBA Finals appearance, 5 straight Eastern Conference Finals Appearance, 5 straight years of dominance and 6 years of consecutive sellout crowds... Now that's what I call dominating! The Detroit Pistons was one of the most intimidating core the NBA has ever seen. It build around Chauncey Billups and guys like Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace. A team that had been there so long that their chemistry was one of a kind. Then Joe Dumars decided to take a huge and dangerous risk. He pushed on trading their veteran captain Chauncey to Denver in exchange for Allen Iverson's expiring contract. It was definitely a lot of buzz for the Pistons into hoping that they could finally get over the hump after being eliminated in the Eastern Finals for 3 straight years. The chemistry never showed for the Pistons and with no point guard that can create for the team in Billups, the team went struggling into keeping their heads above the waters for a playoff spot. Their rookie coach, Michael Curry hardly made any waves Though they did show early brilliance by handling the LA Lakers their first loss of the season, nevertheless, the chemistry of Iverson-Hamilton wasn't a thing of beauty. Just like David Aldridge said, when the ball is in Iverson's hands, the motion seem to stop and every offensive player seems to be looking at him instead of making a move or rotating to find an open space. He was never a leader that Chauncey Billups was. Rip struggled hard with his new backcourt partner and the core never find the rhythm. The Pistons consecutive sellout would finally end this season after the team is losing and losing fast. Though they did made it well enough to be in the playoffs, they never really made enough noise to be at the competitive level that they once were. Iverson missed the rest of the season with the back problems and Rasheed Wallace seems to lose his hunger. It was a sorry sight for a once=proud franchise. As for the Nuggets, the deal worked out well for them. Every time the Nuggets advance into a series, they seem to put the Pistons down the grave a little bit more. The Pistons were swept away by the number 1 seed Cavaliers led by the King himself LeBron James. They never made the series competitive. It was a learning lesson for Joe Dumars and the staff. They knew it was time for a change. They decided to do so by letting go of Rasheed Wallace this offseason in place for a younger potential. Plus, the upside of the rebuilding mode for the team is that they have a flexible salary cap going into the 2009-2010 season. Their first agenda was to get through the 2009 NBA Draft. The draft featured plenty of unpredictable moves. This is really the draft that makes you wonder who's going where. Rumors had it that the Pistons were making a lot of promises to prospects that they would take them at 15. But in the end, that promise went to Gonzaga raw forward Austin Daye, a 6'10 200 lbs forward who has a lot of upside in his skills though still needs to add more muscle to his frame. Then the Pistons selected DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko in the second round. They are considered to be probable steals in the second round with Summers creating a lot of defensive matchups at the wing and with Jerebko a young prospect that which the Pistons can lose nothing in the 2nd round. But the biggest offseason deal they made was the signing of former Bulls guard Ben Gordon and former Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva. Two major players who used to play with each other at UConn. With Gordon, the Pistons add another scoring firepower that can play along with Stuckey and Hamilton. The question is, can Gordon fit well with a team that has no point guard that can create for him? In Chicago, he had Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich. In Detroit, he has Rodney Stuckey, who is mostly a me-first scorer but is on the transition of molding himself into a pure PG though it may take sometime. Then there is Charlie V, can he fit in well with the new head coach John Kuester's system full of defensive approach when we all know that Villanueva plays no D at all. That is why the additional signings of Chris Wilcox and the return of Ben Wallace was key for the Pistons in trying to get back the defensive intensity that has always been the team's identity for a long time. With all the roster set for next season, will the Pistons come back to that respectable standard they once set before? Will the new core guys fit well with the aging vets? Will Austin Daye prove that he isn't as soft as he is perceived? Will Kwame Brown bounce back from being Kwame Brown? Well, we all have an idea about that last question but as for the others, we just have to wait until the season approaches. The Pistons is looking to revamp and so far, things are looking quite bright.
NBA Draft Grade: B+
NBA Offseason Grade: B
Predicted W-L: 39-43
That's just a writer's opinion. Anyone care to comment, I am open for it^^
they shoulda won 1 more title and two more finals appearancs thats y dumars blowing it up
Please try paragraphs! My eyes hurt after a while but good article!
where never going to win another title the team was getting old they needed to start over i would rather have ben gordon and charlie v over billups for the next five years
Get Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers as much pt as possible. They will have an impact if they let them play, both are NBA ready. Daye will be a great player when he gets stronger.
Walter Hermann... I think he is one of the fan favorites in the team... His stats may not wow you but he does give his best when he plays and he is such an unselfish player, never complains and never looks for his own shot... After all the tragedies in his life, this player has got to be talked about in this forum... Walter Herrmann's awesome!