Monday, March 29, 2010

Missing Wallace No Excuse For Struggling Pistons

Ben Wallace has been a pleasant surprise for the Pistons this season. Normally the team's starting center, Wallace is currently nursing sore knees and could miss the rest of the season. Detroit has surely missed his defensive presence, but that's no excuse for the team's lackluster play this season.

The Pistons have complained that the reason they're missing the NBA Playoffs is due to their numerous injuries. While that's certainly true, it doesn't excuse the awful performances of the players suiting up, specifically guard Ben Gordon and forward Charlie Villanueva. Both players were signed last summer to be the faces of the Pistons' transition to a new era, but neither of them have panned out. They've had plenty of setbacks between the two of them in terms of injuries, but they're both healthy now yet contributing next to nothing.

Now, Joe Dumars, Pistons President, has to figure out what he's going to do. He used up his cap space acquired from the Chauncey Billups trade to sign Gordon and Villanueva. Seemingly, the only possible way to improve this franchise is going to be through the draft. The team could be picking in the top five and will have their choice of quality centers to choose from. Other than that and the possibility of trading the expiring contract of forward Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons appear stuck with these players they've invested in.

If Dumars fails to bring in substantial talent this summer, it's going to be awfully difficult to continue selling this product to a passionate fanbase in a struggling economy.

Steve St-Pierre
Sports Writer
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