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New York Times: Detroit Pistons could surprise next season

‘The national media is unfair to the Pistons’ is a common complaint from a few commenters in these parts. So hopefully they will take heed of this bit of positive national press from Jim Cavan writing for the New York Times:

But just as their now bygone golden era never packed the punch or pizazz enjoyed by big-market rivals, a new guard is setting itself up to once again make the Motor City a force to be reckoned with, and sooner rather than later.

After staking much of his early front office success on savvy veteran additions (or, on the opposite end, Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon), Joe Dumars has in the past three off-seasons relied instead on the draft for most of his roster reinforcement. In 2010 it was Greg Monroe, the versatile and cerebral Georgetown pivot now poised for a breakout year – and possible All-Star selection – as the team’s undisputed cornerstone. One year later, the Pistons added Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, a one-and-done point guard project as renowned for his intellect for his ability to break down defenses.

Then, in June, Dumars made one of his biggest gambles since 2003 – the year he drafted 18-year-old Darko Milicic ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – by taking the 18-year-old Connecticut big man Andre Drummond with the ninth pick over all. Like Darko before him, Drummond’s upside is seen as rafter high.

15 Comments

  • Sep 21, 20128:53 am
    by Crispus

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    I’ve never heard the phrase ‘rafter high’ before.

     

  • Sep 21, 201210:29 am
    by Vic

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    About times

  • Sep 21, 201212:30 pm
    by Max

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    I don’t like that first sentence much though.   You could argue they didn’t have the pizazz of big market rivals since “pizazz” is pretty subjective but did they really not have the punch during their bygone era or eras?

    • Sep 21, 201212:36 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Never happy.

      • Sep 21, 20121:39 pm
        by Max

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        Just as you are a defender of your causes, I like to think of myself as pit bull on the side of the Pistons.   But to my above point, I always thought respecting their punch was the least you could give the Pistons as their success in both great eras was principally based on toughness and defense. 
         

  • Sep 21, 201212:31 pm
    by sop

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    Drummond isn’t nearly the gamble Darko was because:
    1. he has played in college and high school in the US and speaks English
    2. Weighs a lot more than Darko did.
    3. WAS PICKED NINTH not SECOND
    4. The 2012 draft isn’t as loaded with superstars as 2003
     

    • Sep 21, 201212:36 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      He’s not a gamble in the sense that they may have missed out on a franchise player at taking him ninth. But their situations — huge, huge upside mixed with some red flags — is fairly similar.

      • Sep 21, 20124:18 pm
        by G

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        Disagree. The biggest difference between Darko & Drummond is the team. The ’04 Pistons won the NBA title, this iteration will be fortunate to make the playoffs. The expectations and concerns are similar, but the situations are very different.

        • Sep 21, 20124:50 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          By ‘situations’ I meant individual situations, not team situations. Both are high upside/high red flag prospects who came in with expectations that may or may not be realistic.

  • Sep 21, 20122:43 pm
    by Slap Dog Hoops

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    Hopefully the Pistons will utilize drummond better than they utilized Milicic.  What happened to Darko was plain wrong.  He never got a chance to play in Detroit which probably ruined his confidence.  Hopefully he will redeem himself in Boston.  The Pistons will still suck however.

    • Sep 21, 20123:03 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Your trolling was bad enough when you were only using one screen name.

      • Sep 21, 20129:39 pm
        by gmehl

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        Did you just ‘slap’ the Slap Dog?

    • Sep 22, 201211:14 am
      by tarsier

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      Darko has had plenty of chances to “redeem himself”. By now, he is what he is. A very limited big man who can contribute somewhat off the bench–basically by being big.

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    by money from home

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    by www.marpian.com

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