As we know, the NBA hottest favorite, Detroit Piston with an outstanding record of 64-18 has fallen in the playoffs, leaving much doubt to me. I am wondering what they should do for the next season.
After some deep thoughts I came up with a strategy regarding the regrouping of the Pistons for the next season.
Chauncey Billups: Once be regarded as the best player in the best team and due to the scarcity of better point guard in the league, we'll have to hang on to him. The Maverick's Jason Terry is a free agent but he probably will not leave Dallas since they bumped into the NBA Finals. The Pistons should release long time favorite Lindsey Hunter and Tony Delk, and then make a play for Marcus Banks from the Timberwolves because this guy can push Billups effectively and the two seem to have a similar matching style. Banks can also create his own shot and penetrate while Billups tends to play a two man game or camp out at the three point line.
Rasheed Wallace: There is no doubt that Rasheed brought a swagger to the Pistons since his trade to Detroit in 2004. Without him, the Pistons backed out in the second round of the playoffs. But he also made many stupid fouls at the critical moment, trade him for another talent if it is not too costly.
Ben Wallace: The Pistons had better off trade him. Too small to play center, too limited offensively to play power forward, a player who was a throw in when the Pistons traded Grant Hill. He will prevent 10 points a game defensively and give you 5 points in return. There are big men available out there and Ben is willing to go as long as he gets the maximum salary. Let him go and replace him with Harrington from the Atlanta Hawks. Harrington will give you 20 and 8 per game plus an above-average defense. If the deal can't be sealed with Harrington then Vladimir Radmanovic is available from the Clippers. Radmanovic has great agility for his size and can play the small or the power forward.
Lastly I think the future of the Pistons will be Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. I know it is clumsy to build a team around a small forward and shooting guard, but they are the most talented Pistons and I think the head coach knows that building a team in an unconventional way is sometimes the right way.
By Zhenyu Li, sports writer for PD Online
The article represents the writer's views only