Lost in the growing fascination of the Pistons taking their point guard of the future in Thursday’s draft — a position that has eluded the team since its departure with Chauncey Billups — is Joe Dumars inability to set aside his own playing career.
Dumars is a Pistons legend, through his two “Bad Boys” rings and as the ring leader of the 2004 championship. He was a scoring combo-guard, who found success at the point guard position late in his career. He saw Billups, an esteemed scorer who — at 6-foot-3– was to small to be a teams primary shooting guard. The six-year vet thrived in Detroit, under the leadership of his mentor.
After the organization traded Billups for the debacle known as Allen Iverson, they turned to another combo-guard. This time it was Rodney Stuckey — who was regarded as one of the top pure scorers from his draft class. He excelled as a scorer off the dribble and got to the rim at will. His jump shot, as well as passing, were both skills that needed work and improvement.
The experiment quickly failed, and they selected Brandon Knight out of Kentucky University in the 2011 NBA draft. With forward Greg Monroe blossoming into a perennial scorer, Knight was unable to learn his role as the teams playmaker.
They now head into an all-important offseason, and once again are looking to find the answer at point guard.
But why would it change now?