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Andre Drummond proved to be the steal of the 2012 NBA Draft at #9.

The Detroit Pistons will have plenty of options when considering how to rebuild this disappointing product they have assembled over recent years.  Unfortunately, there may not be the requisite number of willing participants to complete the desired professional marriage between team and player. 

Perhaps a quick Confundus charm to Chris Paul or Dwight Howard would change things, but unfortunately we live in the real world where players, and their agents, are well aware that Detroit is no longer the most suitable landing spot for stars.  Murder rate be damned, 201 losses over the past four seasons tends to scare off even the most money-hungry players on the market.

But enough about the shortcomings plaguing this once-formidable Eastern Conference squad.  It’s not all dark and gloomy in the Motor City, after all.  Despite their four-game win streak toward season's end, they do own a projected seventh pick in the upcoming draft. 

Though the roster bodes a wealth of overpaid vets, there is a refreshing crop of youngsters—Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Brandon Knight—who serve as a promising core moving forward.  And, with plenty of cap space, Joe Dumars has one last swan song to bring the playoffs back to Detroit on a regular basis.

Let’s take a look at how some of this flexibility can best be used in the immediate future.

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