Rebuilding Gone Haywire: What Happened To the Detroit Pistons?

August 8th, 2010 by Curtis Finchum Leave a reply »

Throughout the past decade in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons have been the most successful team after making two NBA Finals appearances and six straight Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Pistons were led by Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and trade deadline addition Rasheed Wallace. 

Soon after Big Ben left for Chicago, GM Joe Dumars added Antonio McDyess as his replacement and drafted Billup's so-called heir apparent Rodney Stuckey. 

However, Dumars made a decision only a few games into the 2008-2009 season to trade Billups the man who made the Pistons go for Allen Iverson in an attempt to gain cap space and keep Detroit relevant. 

When it came to relevancy however Dumars failed as Iverson never gained any chemistry with Stuckey, Prince, and Hamilton and didn't even finish out the season as the Pistons were swept out of the first round by top seed Cleveland. 

Dumars then began the rebuilding process signing former UConn stars Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to play along side Stuckey and Will Bynum as the beginning of the youth movement in ...

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