Has the blueprint for success been set for Detroit Pistons?

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 14: Tobias Harris
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 14: Tobias Harris /

The Detroit Pistons have had a consistent and steady formula for success over the decades that has lead to three championships: defense and fundamentals. Of course the Bad Boys also had superstar Isiah Thomas. However, that formula might not work in the era of super teams like the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder. So the question is: Does the old way of doing things still work, or has Sam Presti, General Manager of the small market Oklahoma City Thunder, created a blue print for markets like Detroit?

The Detroit Pistons, and the rest of the NBA, is living in an age of super teams. The Golden State Warriors sport four all-star players in Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have three of their own in LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, and Kevin Love, and the Oklahoma City Thunder now have the top three isolation players in the NBA last season in reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony.

Other teams, like the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves have added all-stars of their own this offseason to already talented rosters, this offseason alone.

So what’s a team like the Detroit Pistons to do?

History tells us that the Pistons build championship teams around troubled NBA players, defense, and player’s with grit. However, today’s NBA seems to be predicated on versatility, talent, three-point shooting.

Can the Pistons ever regain championship glory through its current methodology? Or, do the Pistons need to tear down the team, piece by piece like the Philadelphia 76ers, or swing for the fences on disgruntle NBA superstars like the Oklahoma City Thunder have done?

There really isn’t a right answer, though Presti’s offseason is hard to not admire, particularly when considering the players and picks he gave up to acquire two excellent talents of Anthony and George.

Then again, the moves Presti has made likely won’t be enough to beat the Golden State Warriors either.

The Pistons are a perfect example of a middling team. Even in the best of circumstances, the Pistons likely have no chance of winning with the roster it has.

The Pistons are in a weird place. They are not good enough to compete, but they are also too talented to sell the farm.

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