Big Decisions for the Detroit Pistons This Offseason
There are many questions for the Detroit Pistons as they enter a very important offseason, as they end the season with a 37-45 record. One of the many questions for GM Jeff Bower and coach Stan Van Gundy is whether or not the Pistons should keep a couple of their core players. Big names like Andre Drummond and KCP have been put on the map this coming offseason. The real question for Bower and SVG is whether or not releasing one of these players better the Pistons future?
To say the least Andre Drummond did not have a great season. Whether you love or hate him, he didn’t prove to anyone this year that he was getting any better after an all-star season last year. Drummond averaged 13.6 PPG and 13.8 RPG this season compared to 16.2 PPG and 14.8 RPG last year. Drummond still has free throw issues although he did go up a couple of percentages. His bad free throw shooting puts a huge drag on the Pistons’ success as a team. For instance, when he’s off the floor, the Pistons literally are one of the best free throw shooting teams in the league at 82%. Free throws win games! One of the many downfalls for Drummond this season was his lack of effort and intensity. On Friday in a recent press conference, SVG said, “He needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game. He has some great things to work with and the sky’s the limit.” One positive for Drummond this season was he seemed to be active on defense. Although his energy and intensity weren’t always there, he seemed to steal the ball more than last season, even though both this season and last he averaged 1.5 SPG. The decision is up to SVG and Bower, but if the Pistons want to get a very good player in this year’s deep draft I recommend trading him for a draft pick. Like I said before, “Will Andre leaving better the future for this young Pistons team?”
I think one of the biggest decisions SVG and Bower have to make is whether or not the Pistons should keep their shooting guard KCP. For some Pistons fans, it’s an easy yes and some would rather see him walk onto to a different squad like the Brooklyn Nets. You often find on some twitter pages during games to #PAYKCP because he was our life-saver during games this past season when we were down. Many reports have said that KCP wants a 20 million dollar contract. As a restricted free agent, KCP and his agent could possibly negotiate an extension to his contract when the free-agent market opens on July 1st. Another option is KCP could negotiate a contract with another team, but the
Pistons can match the offer. With speculation with KCP and the Brooklyn Nets, SVG was asked about the speculation: “We only don’t have him next year if we decide we don’t want to have him,”Van Gundy said. “There’s no team out there that can decide they’re going to have KCP next year. They don’t get that decision. It’s on us. Other people can want him, can do whatever they want. They need, whatever you want to call it, they need for us to acquiesce if they’re gonna have him. That’s all I’m saying.”
KCP has a huge impact on whether the Pistons will win or lose a game, and this season proved that. For some parts, this season KCP seemed to play the leadership role for the Detroit Pistons. One game that definitely stands out to me is when KCP scored a career-high 38 points(8-11 3PM-3PA)against the New Orleans Pelicans. In that game, I thought KCP was the Pistons’ leader for the future. The big problem with KCP is he can’t score 20 points a game like a Jimmy Butler or Klay Thompson can, but he can be a great two-way player. Often this season, he has only shown up on one side of the floor. Rather it be his defensive capabilities or his offensive brilliance KCP might have his bright and shiny moments, but he can’t be perfect. I think the Pistons SHOULD resign KCP this offseason because you can’t pass up on someone who is, by the way, only 24 years old and is only going to get better.
So what should the Detroit Pistons do this offseason? First, the Pistons need to re-sign KCP! Bower and SVG have to do whatever it takes to make that happen. Second, Bower and SVG need to decide on Drummond’s future this off season. Drummond is only 23 years old and is heading toward his prime of his career. They need to decide if Drummond will not only get better but also if he will better this team for the future. This might be the biggest off season for the Pistons as it will decide their future.
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