Detroit Pistons: Parity has finally come to the NBA and it will help Detroit

Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons chest bumps Jerami Grant #9 (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons chest bumps Jerami Grant #9 (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

For the first time in a long time, fans have no idea who is going to win the NBA championship and this will benefit the Detroit Pistons.

The NBA has long chased after the kind of parity that the NFL has, but has rarely actually had it. Fans love to romanticize the Michael Jordan era as this highly competitive time but the reality is that Jordan’s era was much like the modern NBA in that there were haves and have nots.

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The NBA has preached parity while its stars have mostly flocked to the same teams, often forcing their way out of small markets in the process.

But if you look at the playoffs this season, it is a wide open field and there is a chance a mid-market team is going to win a title.

This is all good for the Detroit Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons can win a title in this era

The Detroit Pistons are never going to be a free-agent destination but the way the league is trending right now, they don’t have to be.

Teams like Atlanta, Memphis, Milwaukee and the Suns have shown that you can win in markets that are not free agent destinations if you just nail the draft and build properly around your superstar once you do.

The Detroit Pistons already have a talented group of role players and two All-Rookie selections in Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart, so they are on their way to following in the path of a team like Atlanta.

Between the Clippers, Suns, Bucks, 76ers or Hawks, we are going to get an NBA champion this season that hasn’t ever won one or at least not in a LONG time.

The commonality between these teams (other than the Clippers) is that they are not in huge free-agent markets and they built around the draft and savvy trades.

All this while “super” teams like the Nets and Lakers are sitting at home nursing their wounds.

This is a good omen for the Detroit Pistons, who are trying to build their team the same way.

The NBA finally has the parity it’s been after and the title is totally up for grabs. If the Pistons keep building the right way, they could be after one soon themselves.

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