The Pistons finished the 2012-2013 with a mediocre record of 29-53, and there were more questions than answers after the season. After a national search, the Pistons have now found their next coach. Cheeks previously coached the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. In his eight year head coaching tenure, Cheeks has a 284-286 record.
However, Cheeks could bring a new spark to the Pistons. He has great basketball knowledge as a former NBA player, and has been an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach since 2009. The time with the Thunder has allowed him to be part of a successful basketball program. Detroit has failed to be successful recently, and Cheeks’ hiring could change that. It will be interesting to see who Cheeks brings onto his coaching staff and his 2013 NBA Draft strategy. They hold the eighth pick in the draft and could find a player who makes an instant impact. If that is the case, the Pistons could be flying high come next season and find their way into the playoffs.
For now, Detroit has hired Cheeks as their next head coach. He has not been a head coach for five years, but that should not matter. Cheeks has the perfect opportunity to positively impact the Pistons right away and turn around their recent under .500 seasons.