My money is on Dale Davis eventually being the starter, who is a pretty good anchor, better than what most teams have, but Dyess and Sheed aren't exactly bad defensively either.
As for the bench, we have these three super talented guys, who haven't gotten the playing time yet, but who will be forced to play more than likely this season. Amir Johnson (this kid is going to be a star), Jason Maxiell (a total beast) and Carlos Delfino (overhyped, but a good slasher nonetheless).
Not to mention Lindsey Hunter, who was one of our best players period in the recent playoffs and we still have the bi-annual exception available to sign someone.
Teams weren't exactly scared to drive past Chauncey and Rip last season either, teams made a living in the paint against us, and we still won 64 games, I don't see much changing. Sure we won't win 64 games, but that is mostly because the team learned that overexerting yourself in the regular season is no way to win a championship.
What are you guys talking about? "Rashweed" will start with Mohammed underneath. Mohammed wasn't recently signed for nothing. "Dyess" will still be the sixth man but get more playing time, with Hunter and your young talent. Delfino, Maxiell, and Johnson should definately get major minutes and you will add another shooting guard before the summer is over. The Pistons have been smart this off-season by not over paying for "Big" Ben. They still have good defense underneath and I think can still surely make the 2nd round and maybe even the conference finals, depending on what other Eastern Conference teams do. The Pistons have always had a bench, but they have always received inconsistent minutes and did not have a role description, ecspecially in the playoffs.(besides McDyess and Hunter) The Pistons have a great opportunity to discover "gems" on their own bench, and giving the bench more playing time could be a blessing in disguise.
Good point, but I think they still made the right move. They will have more cap flexibility in the future. Billups can opt out after next season and this will give them more cap to sign him back, who is younger and as a point guard will be even harder to replace. Yes, they wont be a title contender next year, but will be tough 2nd round or Eastern Conference finals opponent. Remember, it's time for the bench to receive consistent, every night playing time. They will be able to see what it's like to play more than two players off the bench. I understand your logic, but would you rather have "Big Ben" or Chauncey who will most likely be cheaper? I would rather have a cheaper Chauncy and a chance to see my youth perform off the bench.
Teams weren't exactly scared to drive past Chauncey and Rip last season either, teams made a living in the paint against us, and we still won 64 games, I don't see much changing. Sure we won't win 64 games, but that is mostly because the team learned that overexerting yourself in the regular season is no way to win a championship.[/quote]
Good point. Power forwards had field days against the Pistons last year. And Shaq destroyed Ben in the eastern finals. Some people don't realize how limited Ben is as a one on one defender. The guys the best in the biz at helpside blocks, but one on one, he struggles.
Now that the NBA is calling every slight contact in the paint on drives (even in the playoffs), Ben's value dips a little more.
We all seem to forget that King Joe has done a pretty good job! All he has said is this team is deeper than last year, and will do well. He has done a good job pulling a rabit out of his hat. Its not over yet. Theres more to come!!!