Detroit Pistons Breakdown: Pistons Roster Is a Broken Engine

December 30th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
By trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, the Detroit Pistons began the process of dismantling the core of the team that lived in the Conference Finals this decade in order to bring in cap flexibility, and along with it, the potential of new talent.

However, by keeping Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton (as well as bringing back Ben Wallace), and adding in Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, the Pistons created a disharmonious roster.

Some are too old (Wallace, Prince, Hamilton, Chucky Atkins), some are too young (Rodney Stuckey, rookie Jonas Jerebko, rookie Austin Daye).

Some are finesse players (Villanueva, Gordon, Jerebko), and some are brutes (Stuckey, Jason Maxiell).

Some are defensive minded (Prince, Wallace, Maxiell), while some are defensively impotent (Villanueva, Jerebko, Gordon).

Some rely on offensive continuity (Hamilton, Gordon, Prince), while others strictly want to go one-on-one (Villanueva, Stuckey).

With such a poor mixture of players, it’s no wonder why the Pistons were blown out of the water by the New York Knicks 104-87.

Detroit started the game by running various baseline cross screens, the ...

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