Though the streak ended only four years ago, the Detroit Pistons are far from the days when they made the Eastern Conference Finals six years in a row as they are in last place in the Central Division.
Slowly, general manager Joe Dumars is giving the team a makeover. Of the starters from the six-year streak, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton are gone. Ben Wallace will retire after this season and Tayshaun Prince has had an uncertain future with the team until he signed a contract extension before this season.
Rookie point guard Brandon Knight and second-year power forward/center Greg Monroe look to be the future of the team and with an almost certain lottery pick in this year’s draft, the immediate future of the organization may be brighter sooner rather than later.