The Second Annual “Milwaukee Bucks WTF Are They Doing?” Award
This award was born one year ago, when the most common question I heard in chats with NBA executives in the stands at Summer League was some variation of “Man, I can’t figure out what Milwaukee is up to. Can you?”
4. Detroit: The Pistons chose the same route as the Lakers, only they already have at least one young star in Andre Drummond, and they spent much more conservatively on guys who fit actual needs in D.J. Augustin, Butler, and Meeks. The Lakers just threw random amounts of money at guys to fill a barren roster.
The Meeks contract is a puzzling overpay, but Stan Van Gundy wanted shooting, and he got it before the market could sink its fangs into Meeks. Van Gundy also has a record of turning subpar wing defenders into good system guys.
Detroit still has to figure out the Monroe situation, and Monroe’s camp is still making noise about possibly signing the one-year qualifying offer if Detroit doesn’t come with a max deal. But Detroit is still decently positioned going forward, and Van Gundy will have this team playing better this season.
Hey, at least the Pistons aren’t the Lakers (3), Magic (2) or Kings (1).
Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear what Stan Van Gundy is doing. He’s marginally upgrading the roster he’ll coach without enough regard for opportunity cost. By signing middling players, he’s forgoing a chance to get star talent now and reducing the chance later.
But, as Lowe says, the Pistons will be a little better because they have a much better coach. And that coach is helping himself, a little, in the short term.