The 5 most disappointing seasons in Detroit Pistons’ history
#2: 2008-09 Detroit Pistons
There are a couple of ways to look at this. In the first place, the season is a disappointing one because in it, we traded away Mr. Big Shot himself, Chauncey Billups. That alone didn’t make any sense. Even if we had acquired two Allen Iversons instead of one, it still wouldn’t have made sense. Billups, along with Ben Wallace, was the heart and soul behind that era of Pistons basketball.
Ben was already gone, having gotten his bag from the Chicago Bulls. Then we added a head coach with no coaching experience to the mix. From there, we swap Billups for Allen Iverson. It was clear that the Goin’ to Work Pistons were dead, and that the team had blown up…but there was excitement around adding a future Hall-of-Famer the likes of A.I. The only problem with that was, Iverson clearly didn’t want to be here.
He spent more time gambling in the casinos than he did practicing, I’m quite sure. His 17.4 points per game was easily the lowest number of his career as it became clear that he was no longer capable of the sustained brilliance that could carry a franchise. The Pistons went 39-43 that season before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. Iverson never played another game for the Detroit Pistons after that. Head Coach Michael Curry was also one and done. The end of an era happened slowly at first, but all the remaining bricks in the wall came toppling down on fans that season.