When you think of the Detroit Pistons nowadays, you think of a struggling franchise that has been lacking any sort of veteran leadership as well as a solid head coach. Well, they have fixed the coaching issue — for now — but are still looking to add some sort of veteran presence.
A few years ago, dating back to the early 2000s, the Pistons were known for their solid teamwork and talented veterans, but since Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince were all traded while Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace have retired, that team that went to conference final after conference final has long perished.
According to USA Today Sports, Detroit has shown serious interest in shooting guard Andre Iguodala and small forward Josh Smith, meeting with the two stars.
Pistons president Joe Dumars has made it clear that the team is willing to spend big money in order to make Detroit an Eastern Conference contender once again. It’s been four seasons since the Pistons have made the playoffs, and it will take a major addition or two to make sure that number doesn’t reach five.
Smith is sort of a tweener, a guy that can play power forward as well as small forward. Averaging 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season, the guy can score and grab boards. Adding him to a lineup with future All Star and athletic center Andre Drummond and another future All Star and double-double capable power forward Greg Monroe would make this team a rebounding machine.
Iguodala, on the other hand, can fill the void at shooting guard if the Pistons decide they want to put their faith in Brandon Knight to become a capable NBA point guard.
The starting lineup for the Pistons if they were to add these two guys would be: Knight, Iguodala, Smith, Monroe and Drummond. All of which could make an All Star team and would surely put the Pistons over the hump and into playoff — and even conference title — contention.
With guys like No. 8 pick in this year’s draft Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey, Jose Calderon and Kyle Singler coming off the bench, this team could be good next year — better than anyone expected.
This team has had talent with no experience and with these two on the team, that could all change. Watch out, Eastern Conference.