Detroit Pistons History
Throughout the entire 2005-06 NBA season, the Detroit Pistons were the top team in the league. They had the best record, 64-18, and won the Central Division, fourteen games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the first time in franchise history, they had four all-stars and were favored to win the NBA championship. Despite making the NBA conference finals four years in a row, a first since the Chicago Bulls of the 90s, the squad lost to a revived Miami Heat team that showed sloppy play in the regular season up until the playoffs.
Many would consider the Detroit Pistons had a very good season, only to lose to the Miami Heat in seven games, but Detroit Piston players and team president Joe Dumars would describe the season as, “very disappointing.” The goal for the Detroit Pistons this past season was not to have the best record in the league, or to make it back to the conference finals, but to simply win the championship. So, what’s next for the former NBA champions as they are forced to watch the championship at home?
The first priority for the Detroit Pistons is to sign NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Wallace. Wallace has won the award four times in the past five years. Earlier in the season, reports say Wallace wants to return to Detroit where he started as a journeyman and molded into the centerpiece of the team. Although, after being benched for the entire fourth quarter in game seven by Head Coach Flip Saunders, it appears Wallace’s future is hazy in Detroit. Saunders allowed the team to be more offensive rather than being defensive-minded like previous Coach Larry Brown, which might explain him benching Wallace in favor of veteran Antonio McDyess.
If Wallace does stay with the Detroit Pistons, he could be signed for four or five years starting at $12 million. Few teams have the salary cap to sign Wallace, which are the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors.
For the first time in six years, Detroit might not return its top six players, but it would be stunning if Tayshaun Prince were not on the team in six months because he's perhaps the only starter not exempt from blame after the Miami Heat series. Prince seemed to be the only offensive force on the team posting career-playoff highs in points and remaining as one of the team’s top defensive players.
The Pistons have most of their roster under contract for next season, and they might trade seldom-used reserve Carlos Delfino. Reserve guards Tony Delk, who can become a free agent, and Lindsey Hunter, who might retire, could be re-signed. Either way, the future of Ben Wallace will play a major role in the Detroit Piston’s future.
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