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2012-13 Detroit Pistons

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Detroit Pistons (Last Year: 29-53)

2012-13 Season Summary:
After years of being one of the dominant teams in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons are mired in a 4-year slump in which they haven't come close to sniffing the postseason. Things are slowly starting to look up though.

There were some positives for the Pistons this season; most notably the play of rookie Andre Drummond, who has the makings of being a steal at the ninth overall pick. The big man was banged up a bit, but looks like he can be a defensive presence in the paint. Drummond and Greg Monroe appear to be a formidable frontcourt duo for years to come. Kyle Singler also played pretty well in his first season in the league, but Detroit didn't get what it needed from guards Brandon Knight or Rodney Stuckey to take a true step in the right direction.

The Pistons made a move for the future by dealing veteran Tayshaun Prince in exchange for Jose Calderon. Calderon provided some experience at the point but more importantly, will open up more cap space for the team this offseason. With Corey Maggette, Will Bynum, and Jason Maxiell all free agents and Rip Hamilton's contract finally coming off the books, Detroit will clear out about $36 million in cap space this summer.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Andre Drummond/Viacheslav Kravstov

PF: Greg Monroe/Jonas Jerebko/Charlie Villanueva

SF: Kyle Singler/Khris Middleton

SG: Rodney Stuckey/Kim English

PG: Brandon Knight

NBA Free Agents:

PG-Jose Calderon (UFA)

PF-Jason Maxiell (UFA)

SF-Corey Maggette (UFA)

PG-Will Bynum (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $35.2 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Spend Wisely: The last time the Pistons had this much cap space was four summers ago when they spent $90 million on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. How'd that turn out? While Detroit enters the offseason with a ton of flexibility in free agency, the Pistons needs to learn from the past and avoid overpaying mediocre talent just because they have money burning in their pockets.

2. Guard Depth: With Jose Calderon a free agent, Detroit needs to add depth at guard behind Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey. I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Calderon re-signing with the Pistons, but he might want to play for a contender rather than be part of the rebuilding effort in the Motor City. A true shooter who can knock down open shots would be a welcomed addition as well.

3. Back-up Big: Jason Maxiell has been the consummate undersized, but solid, physical, role player for Detroit during the past several seasons, but he is a free agent. If the Piston decide to let Maxiell walk this offseason, they will need to find a solid backup big since Viacheslav Kravstov doesn't look ready to play a significant role.

4. Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince has been a staple there for a decade, but Detroit needs to find a replacement for him. After spending a year overseas, Kyle Singler put together an okay rookie season in the NBA, but appears to be more of a glue guy than a true answer at the small forward position. I think the ideal fit here would be an athletic three who can get attack the rim.

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Jefferson 01-04-2014 09:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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Your poem is full of the lightness of being and opsimitm as spring is itself. Though we are moving into fall here, I like fall a lot. I'd like it even better were it not followed by cold and snow and slush. :-(
Mr Pelicans 07-08-2013 08:54 am (total posts: 2)
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I think bill is from LA where his lakers can buy a championship...this coming from a Pelicans fan
Bill 07-06-2013 12:32 am (total posts: 3)
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The consummate dumbazz team. They have cap cash, but no one wants it!

Time to fold the Pistons, like Ford did with the Edsel!
@MM 07-01-2013 02:11 pm (total posts: 2)
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They took another roll of the dice in KCP.
MM 06-03-2013 12:16 am (total posts: 3)
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If the Pistons draft Oladipo I'm going to be very sad. That guy's ceiling is Tony Allen. He's under-sized, will struggle to score against elite NBA wings and is a bust in the making. Detroit doesn't need a defensive specialist right now.

The Pistons need to roll the dice again, like this past season, and take the 2013 Draft's Andre Drummond: Shabazz Muhammad. His stock has taken a tumble because of character concerns, although it seems the character everyone is most concerned with is Shabazz's father. The Pistons' offense is anemic and Muhammad could instantly help fix that. Classic high risk/high reward player, and much like Drummond he was at the top of early mock drafts for his class. I see a lot of Jerry Stackhouse in his game.

IF Detroit trades up for some reason, I'd love to see them get Otto Porter, but Washington would be nuts to trade away the best fit player in this draft for them.
Chris 06-01-2013 12:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Pistons have an interesting Offseason ahead of them. As Walter said, we have 35.2 Million to spend this year. Lets just say thats more than most teams. Plus, we have a decent first round pick. Of course being a Michigan fan, I think its entirely possible we trade down and take somebody like a Tim Hardaway to alternate at Shot with Stuckey. Also, if we trade down we could snag somebody like a Plumlee, MC-W or even like an Olynyk, Whitey or Deng for those who want a "Big Man". If we do stay where we're at, look out for a slip from somebody. Maybe Oladipo falls, but also watch out for Shabazz. I know he's not the best player to take in the Top 10, but Talent wise and Need wise he would be a great fit here, and he would definitely be a target for Knight's Assist numbers to rise.
CYnthia 12-03-2012 11:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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The following NBA teams need to be ccteraotnd:Orlando MagicLA ClippersNew Jersey NetsToronto RaptorsMemphis GrizzliesCharlotte BobcatsThat would take it down to 24 teams, so you'd have four divisions of six. I think that's perfect.
fag 10-30-2012 12:17 am (total posts: 2)
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Bill 10-30-2012 12:16 am (total posts: 2)
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Im a gay fa g
Bill 07-01-2012 06:53 pm (total posts: 3)
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Poor Chris.

He must live in that craphole.
Chris 06-29-2012 08:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Bill........shut up.
Bill 06-29-2012 07:55 pm (total posts: 3)
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This franchise should just fold.

Monroe and Knight will leave ASAP.

Besides, who would want to play in that craphole of a city?
HiMyNameIs 06-29-2012 05:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why does everyone act like if Drummond doesnt reach his full potential he will be a complete bust? Just off his size strength wing span and athletisizm he will stick around in the league for years to come. His floor is probably somewhere around DeAndrea Jordan not Kwama Brown(and even Browns managed to stick around the league for along time) The kid should be going into his freshman season as he finished high school in 3 yrs, if he had stayed the course im bettin he'd be a top3 pick next yr
DaBone Wash DC 06-26-2012 09:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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How in the heck does drafting a 6'3"' SG make up for not getting a big man in the 1st round? Did I miss something?
Jay 06-11-2012 01:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think Sullinger would be a nice addition to this team.

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