The 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons were doomed from the opening tip-off. They had a coach coming off a 27-55 rookie year, no Chauncey Billups to lead the team at point guard, an abundance of small forwards and shooting guards and a conspicuous absence of talent in the paint. No miracle was going to keep the team out of the NBA draft lottery for a second year in a row.
New Pistons owner Tom Gores and longtime general manager Joe Dumars have several key personnel decisions to make before the beginning of summer. Embattled coach John Kuester will almost certainly be replaced, but with who? In short, the next head-coaching hire must be a slam dunk.
After finishing the season a dismal 30-52, is there an easy way to get back to playing playoff basketball? Deciding on a head coach is the first order of business. Dumars must get on the same page as his new head coach during the hiring process and get a feel for that coach's vision and needs for the new-look Pistons. From there, Dumars must play headhunter and acquire some personnel to match up with what his new coach wants to do on offense and defense.
It is likely the Pistons will carry over only half their roster from this year, but that's not all bad, as long as they are the right players. Remember, the Pistons went from 32-50 to 50-32 in 2001-2002 in just a year.
They can return to the playoffs next year by making these five changes.