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Detroit Pistons GM Since: 2000
Best Move: Signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent in 2002.
Worst Move: Drafted Darko Milicic in the 2003 draft.
What a ride it has been.
Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars started off his career with a few brilliant moves. Dumars helped hire Larry Brown, he drafted Tayshaun Prince, he signed Chauncey Billups, and he traded for Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons have a championship banner hanging in large part because of Dumars.
The question now, though, is how much time does a title and a Hall of Fame playing career buy you? Since winning Executive of the Year in 2002-03 and building a championship roster in 2004, Dumars' tenure has been littered with mistakes.
Drafting Darko and signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva handicapped the Pistons for years, but now the team has finally emerged with a new group of acquisitions. Josh Smith is absolutely an elite talent, but there are concerns with how he fits with the rest of the roster. Betting on Brandon Jennings is plenty risky as well.
With Greg Monroe set to receive a lot of money, this was the offseason for the Pistons to make their moves, and they did.
It's hard to imagine Pistons owner Tom Gores firing a Detroit legend like Dumars. Still, if the recent moves don't equate to more wins and a return the playoffs, it would be awfully hard for Gores to sit on his hands while a mismatched roster bumbles its way to another lottery appearance.