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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #15 Round 2: #35, #39, #44

Draft History
2008: 2007: 2006: 2005:
29. D.J. White* 15. Rodney Stuckey No first-round pick 26. Jason Maxiell
  27. Arron Afflalo    
* Draft rights traded      

2008–2009

  • 39–43, lost in first round to Cleveland

Offensive

  • 108.9 (21st)

Defensive

  • 109.5 (16th)

Acquired Via Trade:

Free Agents:

Areas Of Strength:

Before they acquired Allen Iverson and after he got hurt, the Pistons' strength offensively was their balance. They willingly shared the ball and every guy on the floor could shoot. Defensively, the Pistons had always been one of the stingiest teams in the league. All that changed this season, but Detroit still has veterans with championship experience on the roster.

Needs Work:

The Iverson trade, combined with a coaching change, hurt the team's chemistry. All year long, this was a dispirited squad that just didn't have the winning attitude that carried them to six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals. The Pistons had the talent and experience to be a top team in the East, but not the disposition.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • Counting the Playoffs, the Pistons had a losing record (21-22) at home this season.
  • No team declined more defensively (5.4 points per 100 possessions) from 2007-08 to 2008-09 than the Pistons.

The Way To Go:

This is a big summer for Pistons president Joe Dumars. Trading away Chauncey Billups took away his team's spirit, but it provided him with plenty of cap space. Iverson is already gone, but Arron Afflalo may be ready to be the first guard off the bench. Up front, Rasheed Wallace isn't likely to return and Antonio McDyess could leave via free agency as well. The pre-Draft swap that brought in Fabricio Oberto wasn’t a major trade, so Dumars will likely be in the market for a big man or two.

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