Detroit Pistons: It’s official, the Tank is over! Just win baby

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey.Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey.Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dwane Casey looking ahead to a big 2021-22 season with Detroit Pistons

Dwane Casey was not brought to Detroit to be in charge of a rebuild. He had a successful run (when not facing LeBron James in the playoffs) with Toronto before coming to Detroit. And the Pistons did make the playoffs in his first season.

However, Casey embraced being more of a developmental coach this past season. However, like Weaver, he is hoping for more success in the standings neat year.

"“If I hadn’t been through the same thing in Toronto, we won 23 games my first year, I would have been ready to jump off a building,” said Casey at his post-season press conference."

History will note that in his second year with the Raptors, Casey’s team went from 23 to 34 wins.

At the age of 64, Casey is certainly not up for another bottom dwelling season.

Nor should he. If constantly being in the lottery worked so well, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers would be powerhouses by now.

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There records this year were not much better than Detroit’s, because constantly getting lottery picks does not guarantee success. The Golden State Warriors had a great run a few years ago with not a single player drafted by them having been in the top six of the draft.

However, when you have salary cap issues, and are not a major destination for big-name free agents, getting a high draft pick is the quickest avenue to getting major talent.

It was obviously an organizational decision to not go for winning at all costs this year, and maybe, get into the Play-in tournament at best. Considering the current state of the team, probably the right decision.

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However, it is also obvious that the Detroit Pistons organization is looking to improve its record next season. Everyone, player, fans, coaches, need to see some improvement in the standings for all the hard work put in.

So, it is definite. The Tank is over.