The Big Question: Ike Diogu

With a cloud uncertainty thunder-storming, snowing and hailing on the Detroit Pistons, we wanted our Pistons preview series to capture that. So for each Piston, Patrick Hayes and I will identify and explain what we each see as the biggest question surrounding him entering the season.

DF: Did he pass his physical with flying colors?

I’d like to believe, even if he’s not as nimble as he once was, Diogu is as recovered from microfracture surgery as one can be. Because I’m with Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game: Diogu can be a rotation player on a good team.

Maybe he’s just in camp to spell Ben Wallace and make John Kuester’s practices run smoother. If that’s the  case, it doesn’t matter how healthy he is. He’s just a warm body.

But I hope he’s healthy, because, if he is, I think he can make this team.

PH: Can he beat out Chris Wilcox?

Last year, the Pistons brought in Chris Wilcox because he was an athletic, strong, once-promising but still young big man who bounced around and had occasionally put up solid numbers in limited minutes. That same description could be used for Diogu.

The difference is Wilcox has a guaranteed contract, and Diogu doesn’t. Last year proved the Wilcox is not likely to help the team.

If Diogu proves he can, would he cause the Pistons to consider eating the last year on Wilcox’s deal?

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