The Pistons could be good…next year

With the pick of Andre Drummond the Pistons have the potential to be really, really good… in 2013.  I tweeted out that Drummond is probably the riskiest pick in the draft as he has been labeled as the next Dwight Howard, or Kwame Brown which is what makes him a real boom-or-bust prospect.

Now in the 2013 season hopefully Drummond will be starting, playing 25-30 minutes a game and averaging around a double-double along with Greg Monroe in the front court. In the back court Brandon Knight will continue to develop at the point guard position next to Rodney Stuckey, or an upgrade at the shooting guard.  Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko could rotate at the small forward position and they would be the only six players under contract going into that season.

Now for that to be the case, Joe D would have to convince Tom Gores to amnesty Charlie V and get him off the roster and the cap.  Gores might not want to write Charlie a check to not play for his team, but keeping him on the team he’s still not going to play as he isn’t any good.

If Charlie is gone, the six players under contract would cost the Pistons a total of $15 million, which would leave a lot of space under the cap to do a lot of upgrading.  I see the Pistons still being bad this next season which should give them another lottery pick to upgrade either the small forward or shooting guard position.

Looking ahead to next years draft a few players stand out that would fit the Pistons well including James McAdoo, the sophomore from North Carolina, and Shabazz Muhammad, the guard/forward freshman prospect heading to UCLA.

I see the Pistons having a high pick next season but not high enough to get one of the premier prospects so I would like to see them take Adonis Thomas from Memphis.  Thomas is 6’6″ with a 7’0″ wingspan and freakish athletic ability.  According to Bleacher Report (see their full lottery projections here) Thomas is extremely tough and athletic, but needs to work on his overall polish to his game.

I could see the starting five looking like this in 2013:

C Drummond

PF Monroe

SF Thomas/Prince/Jerebko

SG Stuckey

PG Knight

This would leave the Pistons with a lot of options to take on money in a trade or make a big push for a huge contract offer for restricted free agents like James Harden and DeMar DeRozen to play shooting guard.  Either way Joe has a chance to turn this team around very quickly if they can push Drummond to become the great player he has the potential to be.  Otherwise Detroit will end up with a high draft pick and less talent to build around.

What do you think fans?  Is it too early to look ahead or am I crazy in my predictions?  Let us know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

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3 Responses to The Pistons could be good…next year

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  2. Dean Gonzalez says:

    Your prediction sounds reasonable. It looks like the Pistons finally have that front court locked in, as I believe Drummond will be excellent. I just don’t see the Kwame Brown comparison. I’d like to see them keep Stuckey. I like big guards who can slash like Stuck. Do you think they could get Rudy Gay or Joe Johnson?

    • Robert Stone says:

      The lack of work ethic and desire is what brings the comparison to Kwame Brown, but as of right now he is working hard so the fear is lightening. They should have the cap space to go after Rudy Gay but Joe Johnson is locked in with the Nets for at least two years I believe

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