2010 NBA Draft Recap: Did Joe Dumars Get the Right Man?

June 25th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
Before the draft, Pistons president Joe Dumars issued a statement on what he was looking for as the Pistons moved forward as a team.

"We didn't play with the same grit and toughness that we played with over the past 10 years," Dumars said. "That's the whole focus right now for us is to get back to the grit and toughness that's identified us for the past decade."

"What I didn't like was the way that we played this year," he said. "What I didn't like was the lack of toughness we had. What I didn't like was the grit that we didn't show this year. All those things bothered me just as much as the losses themselves, just the way we lost."

Greg Monroe

Given this criteria, the selection of Greg Monroe seems like a strange one. Obviously, Dumars' first choice was DeMarcus Cousins, but he was unable to pull the trigger on a move that would bring the talented yet enigmatic power forward to Detroit (I still wouldn't rule out a trade in the coming days, since Sacramento was high on Monroe as well).

Who knows, maybe the teams that Dumars talked with wanted too much, perhaps Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko. Regardless, Dumars missed out ...

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