Detroit Pistons: With Greg Monroe, How Bright Is the Future?

Tarik MowattContributor IIIMay 9, 2011

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The Detroit Pistons have seen much better days. They used to be a big deal back in the late '80s and early '90s. They even managed to beat the star-studded Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals without a true superstar on the team.

They were an elite team of players who were the team to beat in the Eastern Conference from 2002 to 2007, but why this five-year period? They made it to the conference finals five years straight, winning it all once, and were only eight points away from doing it again the following year. In 2008 the Pistons had lost their strength, they posted a losing record and were swept in the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, who went on to win it all. Last year and this year, they failed to make the playoffs—something they hadn't done since 2000.

Yep, Detroit seems all washed up, right? Not so fast. The Pistons actually have a bright future, at least in my eyes. If they play their cards right, they can return to the playoffs and make some noise. They may never live up to the ways of the old Detroit crew (who by the way, Detroit needs to get rid of as politely as possible), but at least there is a hope for the city.

Now, you may be asking yourself, how?

This year Detroit posted a 30-52 record, while 30 wins is subpar for any basketball team, for the Pistons, they were only 6-8 wins away from a playoff berth thanks to the weakness of the Eastern Conference. Unless they regress next season, they may have a small shot at making the playoffs. Even if they don't, they just need to get rid of the remnants of the old Detroit crew. (Again, politely, they did a lot for the team, and deserve some respect on their way out)

The main thing the Pistons want to do is to build around Rodney Stuckey and rookie Greg Monroe. Greg Monroe has the potential to be a double-double guy, and Rodney is a solid young point guard. Austin Daye is a great example, while he doesn't know how to use his height properly (barely fewer than four boards a game and 7.5 points to go with them), he's still young and has some upside. He's more of a three-point shooting big (6'11" shooting just over 40 percent from three).

While I don't have any trade suggestions for the Pistons, I do advise them to hold on to Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey. They are the future for the Detroit Pistons. Maybe they could even keep  Austin Daye too, since he's a really good three-point shooter, unless a great offer comes up.

All in all, don't look for the Pistons to have a great season next year, but look for them to start putting the pieces in motion to set up a new era in Pistons history. Even if Rodney and Greg never amount to All-Stars (hopefully Greg Monroe should), the city of Detroit has a lot to look forward to. When the team loses the old members of a championship squad, the Pistons will have a young, inexperienced squad that could win a championship in the future.

It was fun while it lasted, but it's time to move on—with another top-10 pick this year, that has become blatantly obvious. That being said, this team does have a bright future. I'm also looking forward to seeing what Detroit does to return to a playoff contender.


One last thing: Writing is something that I love to do. Basketball is a sport I love to write about. If anyone has an idea, or would like me to write an article pertaining to basketball. I'd be more than happy to do so.

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