Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NBA 30-Team Preview #18: Detroit Pistons

Joe Dumars... good GM?


C - Ben Wallace, Greg Monroe, Chris Wilcox
PF - Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell
SF - Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Austin Daye
SG - Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Terrico White, Dejuan Summers
PG - Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum


Umm... they are deeper than I thought? That's the nicest thing I can say about this roster construction job by formerly good GM Joe Dumars... There is a logjam of half-decent talent up front with Villanueva, Jerebko, Monroe, Prince, and Daye all have vested interests from the organization as young, developing pieces or financial obligations (Charlie V and Prince)... the backcourt situation is kind of a mess... Ben Gordon is grossly overpaid to be positionally-challenged and one-dimensional, Rip has taken a huge step back in last 2 years, and Stuckey isn't a starting PG... It's a really hard team to judge because they were decimated by injuries last year, and made some additions that could be good (I really like Greg Monroe), but I have no idea how the rotation shakes out... My guess is Wallace/Monroe/Charlie V/Jonas/Prince/McGrady/Rip/Gordon/Stuckey as a top 9... but that's pretty expanded unless they think Gordon can play the point without Stuckey on the floor... My head hurts...

Ryan: much talent they have on the will be forever underutilized because of a lack of a real point guard.Stuckey is a better combo guy off the bench and averaging 5 assists a game as a starting guard isn't going to cut it.We won't have to worry about Jonas Jerebko being involved in the logjam because he's out for the year I believe but even then...why still have Ben Wallace? Greg Monroe(who I like) a center?..WHY DO YOU BRING IN TRACY MCGRADY with Prince,Hamilton and Gordon still on the roster..or better yet at all?...ugh..I'm getting that headache you were having...

Brad: I think Monroe can play center... but he's definitely not a natural center... at any rate... Stuckey is a 3rd guard... that's who he is... except they are paying Ben Gordon 11 million per to be a 3rd guard... so..????.... I forgot about Jerebko being out... but the point of the day was the McGrady thing... it's inexplicable really... You didn't even mention Austin or another guy they like in Terrico White (although he's hurt too)... Great GM job by Dumars here... no cap flexibility either... how do you have a team we project this low and have no cap flexibility!? Alas... Where you got these guys?

Ryan: Yeah usually it's cap flexibility or young guys and they have neither seemed like a half-assed(can I say that?) job by Dumars...he "retooled" instead of full out rebuilding and its backfiring...and if he's not careful he's going to end up like Indiana post-Artest fighting... basically in basketball purgatory... Prediction: 13th in the East

Brad: Yeah.. you can say that lol... anyway... I really am dumbfounded by this team... with perfect health, they could be a contender for the 8th spot... I really believe that, but I can't pick it... Prediction: 13th in the East

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