Detroit Pistons players as Pokemon

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Pokemon’s ”Pikachu” (Photo by Hitoshi Yamada/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In honor of Pokemon Shield and Sword releasing a few weeks ago, it might be time to see which original Pokemon best resemble the Detroit Pistons.

There’s a lot of criteria that can be considered for this. With the total number of Pokemon in the Pokemon universe totaling over 800, I thought it best, mostly for my own sanity in deciding to keep the list of comparisons for the Detroit Pistons to the original 151.

Since Pokemon Red and Blue were released in 1996, the video game series has sold over 340 million units, as of March 2019. The card game has sold over 24.7 billion cards. Detective Pikachu was a box office hit. The mobile game Pokemon Go was all the craze when it was released in July of 2016.

A little less than a week before the release of Pokemon Go, Kevin Durant announced he was going to the Golden State Warriors. Al Horford signed with the Boston Celtics. Andre Drummond signed a five-year, $130 million deal with the Pistons. Dwyane Wade made the uncomfortable transition to becoming a Chicago Bull. Chandler Parsons signed his max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Also: Should Pistons fans feel comfortable with the idea of losing?

A lot of things happened in the NBA and, at the time, I was too consumed attempting to capture Pokemon in the middle of a local park. Pokemon has been a centerpiece in a lot of my video game experiences. Pokemon Ruby is by far my favorite version of the game. Crystal isn’t that far behind, however. Do you have a favorite?

Statistics and information gathered from the great Bulbapedia. 

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