Joe Dumars: How the Detroit GM Can Solve the Pistons' Problems

alex jungContributor INovember 30, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JULY 21:  Flip Saunders (L), new Detroit Piston Head Coach, and  Piston's President Joe Dumars (R) attend a press conference at the Palace of Auburn Hills on July 21, 2005 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Saunders, who had a 411-326 record as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was hired yesterday by the Pistons to replace coach Larry Brown. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Alright Pistons Fans—get ready because putting the Detroit team together is really simple.

I think if I were on the Pistons staff, I would construct this team to Joe Dumars' liking. As far as I know, Joe D likes to make his team with cast- offs. He doesn't really like having a big name player like Dwayne Wade or Lebron James.

Dumars likes his team to have teamwork, chemistry, and tough players. Throughout the Pistons' history, they always won with those things I've mentioned. So if your a Pistons fan, don't expect for Joe Dumars to get a superstar player.

This is what the organization needs to do.

The Pistons need a point guard who can shoot and pass the ball and a big man who can get rebounds block shots and score when he needs to. As far as I know, Rodney Stuckey has not been getting the job done for the team. He has a score-first mentality; he really doesn't make his team better, and he can't shoot the basketball.

So how to solve this problem? If I were Joe Dumars I would trade him.

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If this is the solution, who do you get for Stuckey? I would trade him for Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors. I would give Stuckey and Jason Maxiell, another player who is a disappointment, to get this guy. Calderon is a much better shooter than Stuckey and can make his team better.

With Calderon at the point, now you need a two guard who also can shoot and defend other guards. I think the Pistons offense is way too much involved around Richard Hamilton. I've noticed that if he plays with a point guard he doesn't like, he plays horribly and it messes up team chemistry.

The Pistons need to seriously trade Hamilton.

I would trade him for Raja Bell and Ronny Turiaf. Bell is a perfect—I mean perfect—two guard for the Pistons. He is a veteran, can shoot and can also defend at a high level.

Ronny Turiaf brings spark off the bench and is much better than any other big man on the Pistons bench right now.

The Pistons have Colderon and Bell in the backcourt. For Ben Gordan fans, he needs to come off the bench to make the team deeper.

Now you need frontcourt players who plays good defense, rebound the ball, and can score. I would keep Tayshaun Princehe is a good leader for the young players and is a good small forward on the team so no problems there.

Charlie Villanueva is pretty good at the PF. He can score, but just needs to rebound and play defense better. I think he will learn that as the season goes by, so no problems at the four spot.

Now to look at the center position. Ben Wallace is a great center for the team, but he is getting old and will probably retire soon.

Joe Dumars, why are you keeping Kwame Brown? This guy is just horrible nothing more needs to be said. Drop Kwame Brown immediately. At the center position I would get Chris Kaman from the Clippers. He is an underrated player, but he is a big man who can score, rebound, and defend.

That is how I would construct the Pistons. I think that with the right parts, this team can compete in the Eastern Conference and eventually for the NBA title.


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