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Not so long ago the Detroit Pistons were the cream of the NBA’s Eastern conference, but have quickly falling to the bottom over the last two years.
The Pistons played in the Eastern Conference Finals for 6 consecutive seasons (2003-2008), but have failed to win 40 games in a season since. This far this season, the Pistons are 12-25.
After shipping away their core players, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace, the Pistons have created a makeshift roster with some leftovers and throw aways from around the league.
Ben Gordon, Austin Daye, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and the over the hill Richard Hamilton are a few of the names that fill the Pistons roster. Though Ben Wallace is back, he’s on his farewell tour this season.
Team GM Joe Dumars, has a nice collection of talent, but no team chemistry.
Frankly, its time for the Pistons to start over. According to ESPN reports, the Pistons reportedly are a part of the 3-team deal that will send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets and about 14 other players the different teams as well.
It is expected that this trade will send Richard Hamilton and his large salary out of Detroit and begin the ‘official’ rebuilding process in the Motor City.
After a 6-year run of dominance, the Pistons will likely be an inauspicious position, at the bottom of the Central Division, for the foreseeable future.