Writing for NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk, Matt Moore touches on something that Ryan Pravato recently highlighted in a guest post for PistonPowered: the upside of the Pistons’ young talent stacks up pretty well with other young teams around the league. Here’s what Moore had to say:
Very quietly, Dumars has drafted exceptionally well over the past few years. Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko, Greg Monroe, and Brandon Knight. You throw in a superstar wing after a year of spectacular sucking (hello, Harrison Barnes!) and you’ve got something cooking there. Fill it out with free agency after a purge and you have a real shot at building something.
Now, Moore also notes that he might over-value some of those young guys a bit because his belief in their upside isn’t justified by what they’ve actually produced to this point. But his overall point is a positive one, I think, especially coming from a national writer: the Pistons have some assets. Daye, Jerebko, Monroe and Knight all are young, cheap and have, at worst, enough talent to make them intriguing trade chips and, at best, the makings of future key players surrounding that elusive superstar that the Pistons have yet to find in this prolonged rebuilding period.