Brandon Jennings and Co vs. The Haters
Before I begin, I would just like to say, God is good all the time. Taken from a joke by Kevin Hart, this statement still makes sense. For the longest time, many people have talked a lot of trash about Detroit sports. Ever since the end of the 2004-07 Pistons era, many people said that we were finished; those people were half right. The championship team that we witnessed in 2004 and beyond was a team that the world had never saw, and will never see again. This was expected as everyone knows that all good things come and go through time. The positive thing about it is that the legacy that team left on the city of Detroit, as well as the NBA, will live forever. We now sit on a rebuilding process in Detroit, complete with its haters and die-hard fans. Since that last championship Pistons began disbanding in 2006, leading us to a series of losing seasons, crying babies, and Allen Iverson. This has led us to the team that we have today. Many people have still thrown salt on Joe Dumars for his decisions in the draft and free agency. I shall respond to these people by asking them to shut up. We must realize that in the draft, there are only so many great players that can fit into certain teams, KCP being one of them. Sadly to many Michigan fans, Trey Burke wasn’t a great fit in Detroit, even though he will probably ultimately be a great player.
Looking at the free agent pool, there was a lot of quality talent to be picked up. Once again, many people hated on Dumars for him signing Josh Smith. I understand why these people are mad. Josh Smith is still somewhat of a project. While he’s one of the most explosive forwards in the NBA, he’s known to take more than enough questionable shots, and has been storied of having somewhat of an attitude issue. Smith managed to shoot 46% from the field, and 30% from three-point last year. However, are those really bad stats? Considering the fact that sharpshooter Stephen Curry shot 45% from the field and 45% from three-point, maybe those Josh Smith stats aren’t as bad as people hype them up to be. There’s another point for Dumars.
We now come to the signing, and trading for Brandon Jennings. Once, again, there has been a lot of love/hate relationships going on as far Jennings. Many people believe that signing Jennings is a horrible idea, adding the fact that he has been known to give up on plays at times, as well as lack defensive skill. Honestly, do people expect Dumars to be able to pick up the next Michael Jordan, or have outsiders become too picky with the way Detroit basketball works. Need I remind people who the 2004 championship Pistons consisted of a bunch of people that we barely knew that just so happened to form a great team? Add the controversial Rasheed Wallace to that team, and suddenly this was a championship team. Jennings is this team’s Rasheed Wallace. He’s the controversial glue that will ultimately help take this team to a level of respectability. Last season, Jennings averaged 17ppg, and 6apg, good enough to be respected league-wide. True, Jennings has his issues. However, which player doesn’t? On top of that, Jennings is the perfect complement to the young talented core of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Add Chauncey back to the puzzle, and suddenly this team becomes a lot more threatening than it was a year ago. The good thing about Jennings is that he admits to his mistakes, and even stated that he must change his game if he plans to help this team contend. How well will this change contribute to the overall success of the team is still in the air. However, let’s remain optimistic about this. It’s taken a while for Joe Dumars to get the Pistons to the level that their projected to be this season, and it’s going to take even longer to get them back to title contention. Imagine the articles and tweets I’ll read if the Pistons actually do damage, which they probably will, this season. Keep the hate out of the air. The Pistons are in a seat to be legit. I stand behind them, and any true Pistons fans should too.