Not too long ago, the Detroit Pistons were sitting comfortably in the seventh seed in the East. Then, all of a sudden, they went on a twelve game streak where they only won two games and have since fallen to the 10th spot in the east. This collapse has been a surprise to nearly everyone considering how the Pistons were one of the league’s best up-and-coming teams all year. Now that the season has ended, let’s take a look at some of the moves they should make in the off-season.
Trade Reggie Jackson
Last season, Reggie Jackson was easily the best player on the Pistons and was the future of the franchise. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in the preseason and he never returned to form. Often this year, he would settle for contested jumpers rather than drive to the hoop like he used to do. Despite the poor numbers this year, I still believe he could be traded for the good young player or the pick that Detroit desperately needs to rebuild.
Move Up in the Draft
If Detroit makes no moves by draft day then they would have a decent pick, but that’s not good enough. If they want to rebuild strong then they need to draft the point guard of the future and with this draft class it shouldn’t be too hard. There are four elite point guard prospects that are likely to be drafted in the top ten, but Detroit will have to trade up to get them. Perhaps a team would be willing to give up a top five pick for Reggie Jackson and Detroit’s pick. But most likely the Pistons would have to sweeten the deal with another young player to get a deal done. Even though Detroit would be giving up a lot I think it is worth it for the talent they could gain.
Andre’s Make or Break Season
Andre Drummond has been a dominant big man ever since he entered the league in 2012. Last year he averaged a career high in points and rebounds. However, this season he has failed to average the same numbers leading some to believe that he has hit his ceiling. The Pistons were right not to trade him at this years deadline, but if he struggles again next year then they will have to rethink their stance. The Detroit front office needs to decide if Drummond is going to be the center piece of their rebuilding process or if he’s just standing in the way of getting a good draft pick. Next season will certainly be the year that they decide whether to keep him or trade him and either way they could come out better for it.
Detroit has not ended the season the way they were hoping, but if they play their cards right in the off-season then they can be right back in playoff contention next year.