Rebuilding Gone Haywire: What Happened To the Detroit Pistons?

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2010

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  (L-R) Tayshaun Prince #22 and Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons sit on the bench in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Throughout the past decade in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons have been the most successful team after making two NBA Finals appearances and six straight Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Pistons were led by Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and trade deadline addition Rasheed Wallace. 

Soon after Big Ben left for Chicago, GM Joe Dumars added Antonio McDyess as his replacement and drafted Billup's so-called heir apparent Rodney Stuckey. 

However, Dumars made a decision only a few games into the 2008-2009 season to trade Billups the man who made the Pistons go for Allen Iverson in an attempt to gain cap space and keep Detroit relevant. 

When it came to relevancy however Dumars failed as Iverson never gained any chemistry with Stuckey, Prince, and Hamilton and didn't even finish out the season as the Pistons were swept out of the first round by top seed Cleveland. 

Dumars then began the rebuilding process signing former UConn stars Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to play along side Stuckey and Will Bynum as the beginning of the youth movement in Detroit. 

However what Dumars has down with his youth he hasn't been able to do with his past, championship layovers Wallace, Prince, and Hamilton still remain on a team that is attempting to be rebuilt. 

Also there are rumors that Dumars is considering signing former scoring champ Tracy McGrady to an already crowded back-court. 

Detroit needs a fresh start and so does Dumars, and signing McGrady would not be a step in the right direction.

However it's a low risk signing for the Pistons which could always open up trade opportunities for Prince and Hamilton. 

Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko, DeJuan Summers, and rookie Greg Monroe are expected to team up with Gordon, Bynum, Stuckey, and Villanueva as the new look Pistons. 

This team however isn't ready to compete for a championships so for players like Hamilton and Prince a trade to a contender at this point in both of their careers would be an honorable discharge for the Pistons to give their former championship foundation.

What the Pistons lack is that defensive presence inside as Dumars has created a team that would thrive in an uptempo offense. 

The lock-down Detroit Pistons or as some referred to them as the "New Era Bad Boys of Motown" era is gone. With a new decade comes a new team and with this new team comes a team that lacks any kind of true identity. 

Dumars destroyed his champions and has yet to find the right combination to rebuild them with, hopefully he'll find the right mix soon. If not, Pistons fans will continue to lose hope in Dumars and maybe in the Pistons themselves. 

A McGrady signing may give them an small shed of identity but it does nothing for their future other than give a player who many consider to be all washed up a chance. 

We all know however, that Dumars isn't afraid of making rash decisions, so what does this upcoming season hold for Piston fans and the team themselves? We'll just have to wait and see, but until then the Pistons will remain in the eastern cellar.