With the first round of the NBA playoffs coming to an end, there has been a theme buzzing around—the End of an Era.
This is surprising given the fact the Detroit Pistons have been to six straight Eastern Conference finals.
The Spurs, who have one of the greatest power forwards of all time in Tim Duncan, have been to at least the Conference Semifinals every year since 1996.
With the rise of new teams like the Cavaliers in the East and the Blazers in the West, it's hard to see these to dynastic teams rise again.
It's time to open minds and check the facts. This is one of the best times of the last decade to hit a slump. Why? The 2009 and 2010 free agent classes. These free agent classes allow for a team to completely bolster their squads for the future.
Here are some of the enticing potential free agents of summer 2009: Jamal Crawford, Danny Granger, David Lee, Charlie Villanueva, Hakim Warrick, Trevor Ariza, Carlos Boozer, and Kobe Bryant.
Not only are some of these great potential role players for the Pistons or Spurs, but some of these guys are bona fide studs.
Danny Granger (Restricted Free Agent) was a 2009 All Star and had averages of 26 PTS, 5 REB, and 3 AST. David Lee (restricted) led the league in double-doubles with averages of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Here are some the duds of the 2010 free agent class: Rajon Rondo, Michael Redd, Tyrus Thomas, LeBron James, Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming, Dwyane Wade, Brandon Roy, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Chris Bosh.
Now, I was clearly joking when I used the word "dud" to describe this free agent class. Many are saying that this free agent class is the best of all time. I don't even need to go into how these players could alter the complexion of a team.
Furthermore, many of these players are unhappy in their current situation: Amar'e, Chris Bosh, and Michael Redd among others. These are franchise-altering players.
So before you jump on the bandwagon that is writing off the futures of teams like the Pistons or the Spurs, remember this: The winds of change are coming.
With the inevitable dumping of players from both the Pistons and Spurs this summer, they are not desperate. They are clearing space to acquire a Chris Bosh or a LeBron James.
They are only clearing space to make themselves formidable again. Rest assured, they will be formidable again.
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