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2012-13 Detroit Pistons

Team Needs, Free Agents, Season Preview

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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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Natedogreat ggibbyuvycyj15 06-10-2012 10:25 am (total posts: 1)
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If Sumars were smart he would take Moultrie in a heart beat. big, long, strong with a great shot. then in the second take henry sims of GT and either Will Buford or Jared Cunningham. Either tose two or trade both and Daye for a late first rounder like Indiana and draft Royce White, then trade Prince for another late pick like GS and draft a shooting guard like Evan Fournier or Draymond as bench help like Harden is for OKC.
gregory bishop 06-06-2012 11:55 am (total posts: 1)
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Tyler Zeller @ # 9 in the draft provides some stability to the interior. Best scenario = Houston wants Zeller and will trade up for him. Detroit already has Houston's second round pick[#44} this year. Could they get both of Houston's first rounders in a trade if they gave back H's second rounder or Detroit's second pick[#39]? If so take Evan fournier with that #16 pick for when Villanueva and Gordon drop off the roster.
Tim 06-01-2012 04:58 pm (total posts: 2)
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Trade Charlie V to the Bucks for Beno Udrih and Jon Brockman, makes sense cap wise and once Charlie V moves teams he'll magically become amazing because thats what happens in Detroit
Tim 06-01-2012 04:51 pm (total posts: 2)
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take Henson or Zeller with the 1st round pick, Jae Crowder with the first second who would fill the slasher need and get rid of Charlie V no matter what, Gordon is atleast still serviceable
Dryer Sheet 05-29-2012 11:40 am (total posts: 1)
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mE, you're clearly not a Jazz fan are you? Why would anyone give up anything of significance for 3 terrible players/contracts?
mE 05-23-2012 06:08 pm (total posts: 2)
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Proposed Trade:
Detroit trades - Charlie Villanoodle, Ben Gordon, Austin Daye and 1st round pick


Utah for:
Derrick Favors and Raja Bell

That guy 05-23-2012 05:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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What if they trade Charlie V to Minnesota for Darko?
CJ 05-19-2012 09:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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Because there's a high probability of Fab Melo or Festus Ezeli being busts.

Ezeli has no shot, struggles to score on the whole, and is both injury and foul prone. Why would you gamble at #9 on that?

Melo badly needed another year of school, but due to his poor decision making skills was forced to go pro. He's not ready to play at the NBA level yet, and will be a project for the next couple years.

Not to mention both are late 1st round prospects, so Detroit could conceivably trade up from their 2nd round pick and possibly their future 2nd rounder from Houston to get one of them. Or possibly one slips to them in the 2nd round.

If the Pistons really want to gamble, I'd rather they do so on someone with real upside like Perry Jones.

I'm guessing they'll draft either Sullinger or Moultrie though, which is fine. They'll complement Monroe nicely.

Obviously if Barnes were to fall like Knight did last year, they'd have to draft him.

Then Draymond Green would be a nice 2nd round pick if he's there. As he's a local guy and could replace Jason Maxiell.
Walter 05-18-2012 02:21 am (total posts: 2)
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Mellowone, can you repeat that. I don't know what the Pistons need.
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
CJ 06-25-2011 03:54 pm (total posts: 3)
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Obviously Lenny is on drugs... Biyambo is the next Saer Sene, he's almost a guaranteed bust, so glad the Pistons didn't get him. Thank you MJ! Knight is too smart to fail in the NBA, he'll be great with Monroe. The team still needs to find a superstar though. Hopefully they can clear out the crap this season (Gordon, Charlie V, Stuckey) and Hamilton can either move on, or accept his spot as a veteran role player. I doubt Detroit wins a lot of games next year, but that is a good thing, as it puts them in a good spot to land Davis, Barnes or one of the Baylor boys.
Ian 06-24-2011 04:37 am (total posts: 1)
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My entire apartment was flooded with Pistons fans chanting "Brandon Knight!" once he was available at 8. I love the pick. He is the next Rondo. The core guys were all at the palace with Joe D. hyped up for Knight. As long as Dumars starts..

Knight/Stuckey/Daye/Jerebko/Monroe with Wallace/Gordon/Bynum/Villanueva as his main guys off the bench, I will be happy. **** Rip. Get his ass off of this team. I won't miss Tayshaun "I'm not happy so my defensive ability will disappear" Prince either.

At one point of time, I loved Prince and Rip, but they have no place in Detroit any longer. They've handled the rebuilding process like spoiled children, and that is not what Detroit is about.

As far as a coach goes, it has to be either Woodson or Laimbeer. We can't employ another career assistant.

We won't win a division with this team, but we're on the right path. Monroe/Knight/Jerebko will all be with the team for a long time.
Dan 06-23-2011 09:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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I like the pick. Knight is likely to have a more positive impact on the court then Biyombo or Thompson....the players the Pistons expected to be available at 8. It's all good.

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