It’s proven to be a less-than-quiet off-season but as the dust settles, it’s clear the Detroit Pistons are shaping up to have an exciting 2013-2014 season.
To keep the movements short and sweet, here it is condensed:
The Pistons welcome: Head Coach Maurice Cheeks, G Chauncey Billups (my Piston heart is mended once more), F Luigi Datome, G Brandon Jennings, F Josh Smith, G Peyton Siva, and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
And they welcome back: C Andre drum-drum-Drummond (as my guy friend likes to yell), C Greg Monroe, G Will Bynum, F Jonas Jerebko, F Corey Maggette, F Tony Mitchell, G Kyle Singler, G Rodney Stuckey, and F Charlie V(illanueva).
Honourable fan-girl mention: Assistant Coach Rasheed Wallace (season tickets are worth buying just to see ‘Sheed cuss somebody out in a suit).
There is a rumour going around that Joe Dumars may also be courting veteran Center Jason Collins (if the Pistons are looking for a big man in Collins, why not go for Ben Wallace…?). You may remember Collins as the first openly gay athlete, who came out just this past April, in America’s four major league sports (‘MERICA). Personally, I think his (+Billups’) wisdom of the game could really benefit such a young team.
With Josh Smith playing alongside young guns Drummond and Monroe and a new and improved back court with Caldwell-Pope and Jennings, there’s no doubt that Detroit could have a Championship team in the next few years. As far as the 2013-14 season, depending on how well this revamped team can keep young egos down and play together, it’s more reasonable to consider the Pistons as a sixth seed team.
I still plan on buying season tickets, though! Tune in on Wednesday, Oct. 30th to catch the Pistons season-opener with The Washington Wizards 7:30p (EST).
Oh, did I mention I think I’d be a better owner than Tom Gores right now? That’s probably a story for another time. #sourgrapes