Lately I've been thinking about this
paraJOD paradox—nay, this totally unoriginal observation!
DBB, have you noticed that for each of the five starters from the 2004 Pistons, their on-court productivity was inversely correlated with the length of their post-championship tenure in Detroit? Ben Wallace, one of the best defenders in NBA history, was the first to depart, followed by Chauncey Billups, a top point guard during his prime. Next to go was Rasheed Wallace, an outstanding two-way player.
Who remains? Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, two overpaid and eminently replaceable swingmen. By all accounts, they are also responsible for much of the turmoil experienced by the Pistons this year and last season.
More in a second.
I can't think of any other NBA teams whose highest-salaried
off-guard SG and SF rival Hamilton and Prince's absurd pay-to-performance ratio and overall attitude issues. What does this RPBAR'd situation tell us about JOD's ability to evaluate talent, his comprehension of the NBA salary cap, and (should he stay on as GM) the chances that the Pistons will return to championship form before the end of the decade?
Now your thoughts.