Okay Pistons fans, there have been many arguments going around about why the Pistons have been in a slump, why they have had 4 coaches since 2004, and why they haven't been good enough to make a championship run since they won it all in the 2003-2004 season.
Pistons fans have been complaining way too much since 2004 about players, coaches, defense, offense etc etc. Especially these last two seasons where fans have been on a rampage and spreading their opinions all over blogs, web-pages, etc. about the Pistons and what they need to do to improve and letting Dumars know what mistakes he has made.
Well since I have gone all over the place reading about everyone's complaints and continuously getting in arguments about the team, I am here to put all that to a rest and let you know exactly why the Pistons have been in a slump and what they need to do to improve.
Okay first of all. Everyone's big complaint is about the Pistons scoring. NEVER have the Pistons been knows as scorers. Let's go back to the 2003-2004 Season where they won the championship. The Pistons averaged only 90 points per game which was ranked 24th in the NBA.
In 04-05 season they averaged around 93 points per game which was ranked 24th in the NBA. (Lost in NBA Finals)
In the 05-06 Season they averaged around 96 points per game which was ranked 19th in the NBA. (This was Flip Saunders first year coaching where they went 64-18, and lost in Eastern Conference Finals)
In the 06-07 Season they averaged 96 points per game which was ranked 21st in the NBA. (Lost in Eastern Conference Finals)
In the 07-08 Season they averaged 98 points per game which was ranked 17th in the NBA. (Lost in Eastern Conference Finals)
After that we went down hill being ranked 29th in the NBA in the 08-09 season, and 29th in the NBA this season.
Now if you noticed, the 5 years I mentioned up there are years we won the Championship and made it to the Eastern Conference finals. How were the Pistons able to make it that far with such poor scoring? You guessed it. DEFENSE!!!!
The Pistons won in 2004 because they had defense from Ben and Rasheed Wallace, Mehmet Okur, and of course Tayshaun Prince. (Everyone still remembers the block he had on Reggie that year of course). It also helped that they had a Chucky Atkins at his game, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Mike James, Lindsey Hunter etc. (You get the point)
From 2004 until 2008 they still had a lot of defensive presence to keep them going strong. Still having players like Ben and Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, Chris Webber, Jason Maxiell, and Theo Ratliff still made them capable of making the Eastern Conference finals all those years providing amazing defense. (Which in all those years, the Pistons were never lower than 3rd best in the NBA in Opponents points per game).
But since that 2008 Season the Pistons have went down hill. Firing Flip Saunders (which they never should have done, regardless losing in the Easter Conference Finals for 3 years in a row), and hiring Michael Curry was the worst decision Dumars ever made.
Curry threw out the most random worst lineups I have ever seen, had feuds with all the players especially Rasheed Wallace (which was a big push for him to leave and sign with Boston). But we were still able to pull off 8th best in the NBA in opponents points per game because we still had the presence of Rasheed Wallace, Prince, Maxiell, and McDyess.
Then Dumars got rid of Curry for the horrible coaching job and the players of course complained about him. Which then brought him to bring in John Kuester. Also in the off-season (which not many agree with this part) Dumars went on to sign Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva along with Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace.
Where much of the nation expected the Pistons to be a a team to be a for sure playoff contender in the East with scorers like Gordon, Villanueva, Stuckey, and Bynum, the Pistons did the..Well.. Exact opposite. 29th in the NBA in scoring, and 13th in opponents points per game and having the 3rd worst record in the NBA.
Sure this record may be due to injuries but, not acceptable in my book.
So where did the Pistons go wrong?
Well first off getting rid of Larry Brown. Then after Larry Brown we made the mistake of getting rid of Flip Saunders. Sure we lost in 3 straight Conference Finals (mainly because Flip over worked the Pistons) but we still had the pieces going in the right places.
Next mistake was signing Rookie Coach Michael Curry. Let's not go there again.
BIGGEST mistake of all. Trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson. Now THAT is what really made this team go downhill.
So now we come to the point of what the Pistons need to do to improve the team. There are many rumors going around saying the Pistons should go try and get Chris Paul, or Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. That would be the worst move possible. Why?
The Pistons are set at the Guard position. Dumars is going to re-sign Will Bynum and he will still have Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon and possibly Rodney Stuckey. (I say possibly because with an expiring contract in 2011 and his lack to impress the fans in Detroit, he may be a good trade prospect.)
The Pistons need to go into the Draft and either draft Derrick Favors (PF) from Georgia Tech, Cole Aldrich (C) from Kansas, or DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C) from Kentucky.
Another thing the Pistons do is set up a trade. Something that maybe involves Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey to possibly bring in a big man such as Brad Miller or Amare Stoudemire. (Who are obviously both Free Agents this off-season.)
Point is, what the Pistons need are some big men. I say we keep the draft pick and get one of these Rookie big guys, and trade for another big man in the league and try to get them to do what Ben and Rasheed Wallace did for Detroit, then and ONLY THEN would the Pistons be back to being Playoff Contenders.
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