Originally Posted by DMV2
Non-draft decision...gotta be
T-Mac forcing his way out of Orlando when they had that 1-21 season. Orlando took Dwight at #1 the following season.
T-Mac & DH12 2005-09 against the East. Not saying championship material but they would have made the East way more competitive.
vs. Wade & Shaq
vs. Boston Big 3
Around the same time..well, a year earlier. Detroit taking Darko over Melo was another bad decision.
They could have used Melo in 2005 against the Spurs for sure. Then years later against LeBron. Maybe the Piston could have competed in the East beyond 2008.
Would be very fascinating to see this. Although, I personally felt if anyone fit the best on that Pistons team, it would be Wade and have Rip be your 6th man off the bench. Get Rasheed during that trade and you got a team that is still relevant IMO until 2007-2008. Pistons had a great run from about 2002-2007, I don't think people really remember that 2002/2003 Pistons were the only East teams who legitimately gave Nets trouble in those two years.
I don't think they stay relevant after 2008 unless they landed great trades. The Pistons will be relevant again in a few years and I always liked that team's style of hard nose defense/rough around the edges. Represents Detroit well. Friend grew up in Detroit and said when they were good in the early 2000s to about 2007 said the Auburn Palace used to be filled up on a nightly basis
Even if T Mac stays, I don't see that team doing much damage in 2005-2009 in the playoffs. T Mac legitimately had NO help on that team. Even if Grant Hill was healthy when he first signed with the team, it's probably a 4-5th seed team back then when the East was ultra weak. T Mac put himself in a horrible situation when he signed with Magic even though at the time, it seemed like a potentially great decision. I'm still pretty upset that we got T Mac on the Knicks when he got to the point where he was "done" with being an All Star. He would have been sick to have if somehow he signed with us after Toronto but unlikely. I'm curious if Miami ever offered him a contract that offseason since he wanted to play in Florida it seems. T Mac signing with Orlando pretty much ruined his career even though it made sense at the time. Talk about tough luck and having no team around you for years.
Although I personally loved watching T Mac in a Houston jersey in 2004-2005. Besides his inefficiency in scoring, he was so fun to watch on the Rockets more so than the Magic for me.