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Possible Free Agent Pickups for the Detroit Pistons

May 10th, 2013 at 10:32 PM
By Fletcher Sharpe

The Detroit Pistons last won a championship in 2004, centered around a team built off of draft picks (Tayshaun Prince, Mehmet Okur, Lindsey Hunter), but also around free agent pick ups (Chauncey Billups thru free agency, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Mike James and Rasheed Wallace via trade). This current batch of Pistons are no where near ready to make the jump to another championship run, but in order to at least get competitive, they need to make some pickups.

The Pistons main position that they need help with is on the wing, that shooting guard who can play small forward, or vice versa, because Kyle Singler can provide some spot up shooting…but that is about it. He cannot defend, he cannot create for himself, you cannot run a team through him…and for those who say "Look what he did at Duke!", The year they won the NCAA Championship, he played a lot (A LOT) of power forward. The Pistons have a (mostly) solid nucleus with Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Brandon Knight. The problem is, they do not have someone who can create for themselves on the outside. Knight has shown he is a spot up shooter, streaky at best, Monroe is slowly showing his jumper, but it's no where near consistent enough to use on a nightly basis, and Drummond's offensive game is "dunk, dunk, dunk". Hopefully some of these free agents can help the Pistons jump forward into the playoffs, or atleast compete:

Chase Budinger:

When The Pistons selected Chase with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft, It was thought their wing problems might be solved. Budinger averaged 17 points in his three years at Arizona, shooting 46% from the field, 38% from three point range, and 78% from the free throw line. Literally 3 minutes later, the Pistons had a change of heart. Budinger was traded to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations, as well as a future second round draft pick which turned out to be Kim English (lost that trade). After Houston drafted Chandler Parsons, who essentially was Chase Budinger, except taller, they traded Budinger to the Timberwolves of Minnesota for the 18th overall pick which they used on Terrance Jones. 

Budinger is a scorer, flat out. He can score with his jumpshot, he can get to the hoop, he can finish above people with a 40in vertical leap at 6'8. He has two drawbacks. The first is the reason he fell so low in the draft: He can be passive at times. Perfect example: Arizona was trailed Houston by 12 in the second half of a game in 2009, and Aubery Coleman is called for a charge on Chase. Coleman then steps on the face of Budinger who is lying on the ground. Chase gets upset, and goes off for the rest of the game, leading 'Zona to a 96-90 OT victory over the Cougars of Houston. He picked up his scoring the rest of the season as well. But some scouts pointed to that and said "he shouldnt have needed to be disrespected in order to take over."

Chase would contribute early, but as he is a restricted free agent, it would be a bidding war with The Timberwolves over him, and they probably would not budge. 

Jarrett Jack:

Guard Jarrett Jack could help a Pistons team that struggled to put up points. Like Budinger before, Jack's main purpose on the court is to score. Provide energy and score. In fact, so much so, that he has only averaged under 10 points three times in his career, including his rookie season. In fact, Jack brings so much punch off of the bench, it would be easy to see how the Golden State Warriors couldnt part with him…that is until Stephen Curry caught fire during the latter part of the season. Jack does have a tendency to play "brain neutral", and make a lot of bone head plays, and considering The Pistons are trying to dump off another guard who does this (Rodney Stuckey), maybe he wouldn't fit the best, but he could definitely work. 

Ovinton J'Anthony (O.J.) Mayo:

A phenom since 7th grade, O.J. Mayo has been a point scorer in high school, college, and the pros. (Smart too, a 29 on his ACT….anyways.) Ever since Ovinton J'Anthony graced the NBA, he has put up shot after shot, sinking them at a 46% rate, including  36% from deep, and 82% from the FT line, all for a 15.2 average per season. He can score, and score well. A pure shot creator, he can be a spot point guard if needed (read SPOT/SOMETIMES). His problem is he can be very malcontent at times (as shown by Memphis literally trying to give him away). Realistically, Mayo probably wants nothing to do with Detroit unless Joe Dumars could promise him a starting position…which would probably affect Greg Monroe's touches massively.

Tags: Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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