I was upset with the draft pick of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the time, wanting the Pistons to draft NCAA Player of the Year Trey Burke (not just because of Michigan ties but that’s another story) out of Michigan.
The reason I fell back from the Pope pick was after I heard Dumars explained how he visioned the team being, wanting to spread the floor more. After watching film of Caldwell-Pope, I agreed with Dumars. Pope is good 3pt. shooter and very quick getting up and down the court.[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uWJ-1QS4To]
Dumars then drafted Tony Mitchell out of North Texas. This kid is strong and has very good size along with high jumping ability and will be on the Pistons roster.
Peyton Siva was the last draft pick for the Pistons 2013 Class and with a roster spot now open after sending away Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov for Brandon Jennings, it looks like that extra spot is for Siva.
After watching the rookies perform in the Orlando Summer League including that awful start time of 8 a.m., I was very impressed by the athleticism from Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell. So I applaud Dumars on his draft class.
Not a rookie but 19-year-old man-child Andre Drummond dominated every game he played in, crashing the boards and dunking on opponents. Drummond played like a flat-out beast.
Then came the signing of Rasheed Wallace during the summer league, joining the Pistons coaching staff. His presence was known day one sitting on the bench being vocal as always.
Dumars made his splash in the free agency market signing Josh Smith to a four-year deal, bringing back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract, signing Italian superstar Luigi Datome who has some real deep range. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBeAKDS8uwo ]
Dumars lastest move was the trade of Brandon Jennings. Yes i’m aware of Jennings negative habits, but he is one talented NBA player who can drop buckets on a given night. Jennings will also be provided with a better front court then he had in Milwaukee.
Just like that, one summer, Joe Dumars turned the lousy Pistons who missed the playoffs the past four seasons, to a team with talent, that have people nation-wide talking about a potential playoff berth.
Good job Joe D. now we wait and see.