Out of all the marquee free agents, who would've come to a Pistons team that featured Rodney Stuckey as its best player, and Rip Hamilton as its second best? You can forget LeBron, Wade and Bosh for sure, and both Boozer and Ama're Stoudimaire were paid max contracts by their new teams. I highly doubt either of them would choose the Pistons over the Bulls or the Knicks. Heck, could we even get David Lee in a sign trade...would we have anything to offer them?
Now that I look at it, I think JoD actually made the right move. Sure, Charlie V and Ben Gordon are not superstars, or even all stars for that matter, but I would take Villanueva over almost every other power forward available in the market right now (the only other guy being Tyrus Thomas). Ben Gordon? He's a solid scorer, okayish defender, and would've been the second best shooting guard behind Dwayne Wade in terms of price vs. production in this Free Agent class.
I know a lot of us are angry at what Dumars has done, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we are finally having to witness a rebuilding process after a long long time. Personally, I actually don't think our team is all that bad. If Monroe can be a decent center (6-8 points, 8-10 boards), then I actually the Pistons have a decent shot at making the playoffs this season. They're not going to be the Pistons of old, where defense was the primary focus, and just scored enough to win, but the exact opposite of that. They could very well be a team that simply outscores the opposing team, and they have enough firepower to match up with any team in the league...well, other than maybe the Heat now.