Detroit Pistons: Thank You, Tayshaun Prince
While the headline of the trade will be that Rudy Gay is going from the Grizzlies to the Raptors, I believe Calderon will have the biggest impact out of all the players involved in this trade. Calderon should be the starting point guard for the Pistons immediately and help make the team more balanced, both offensively and defensively. He can also help mentor Brandon Knight and should be a good fit in the backcourt with him.
Part of me feels that with Rajon Rondo out for the rest of the year, his injury gave the Pistons front office the added incentive to push the Boston Celtics for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
While I'm ecstatic with Calderon's arrival, it is also bittersweet to say goodbye to Tayshaun Prince, who will move on along with Austin Daye to the Grizzlies.
Prince has been in Detroit since he was drafted in 2002, and the fans watched him grow up and help the Pistons capture their NBA title in 2004. Prince is known for his defense, which is aided by his long wingspan, and he has harassed and frustrated many of the NBA's top stars over the last decade in Detroit.
Unfortunately, in recent years, Prince hasn't been as productive, which has caused the fans in Detroit to partially blame him for taking time away from the younger players. It also doesn't help that the Pistons haven't had any team success in recent years, either.
Personally, I will miss Prince and hope he succeeds in Memphis since he's a quiet team player who always gives 100 percent. While everyone remembers the block that Prince had against the Indiana Pacers in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals, I think my favorite moment of his came in Game 7 of the 2003 playoffs against the Orlando Magic—his breakout moment to the rest of the NBA. For a rookie to play that calmly in a deciding Game 7 is special, and it foreshadowed how valuable he would be to the Pistons in the future.
Tayshaun, from all Pistons fans: thank you.
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