This isn't a really important post. I was just curious as to how the Bad Boys Community felt about who they most wanted to see leading the Pistons over the next few years. Simply put, do most of the fans want to see Trey Burke emerge as their leader or do they like the veteran savvy that they saw during the audition of Jose Calderon this past spring?
You might say, "come on, obviously we don't have a say," but I wonder if that's true. The Pistons do want to appeal to their fan base. Burke might do that better than Calderon and at a fraction of the price too. So, if they had enough justification to do it, just maybe they'd draft Burke, let Calderon go, and see if they can pursue a star small forward this year or next as their free agent bounty. It's also possible with two second round picks, and Khris Middleton and Kyle Singer, maybe they have that piece of the puzzle waiting to develop too.
It might make a lot of sense in lots of other ways too. Burke is National College Player of the Year - obviously he must be pretty darn good. He's about the same age as the rest of the Piston's new core of players: Drummond, Monroe, and Knight. Wouldn't It would be kind of interesting to see this group grow up together to dominate the NBA.
I've read projections about Burke being as good a player as Damien Lillard. From what I've seen of him, he is a really good player, perhaps preferable to Calderon.
There's also the sense that we want to develop our own identity. Joe Dumars built a team before that created its own unique brand of teamwork and a almost starless culture. With Burke-Knight-Singler-Monroe-Drummond, this would be that kind of team.
This is a big money game, but think of the salary cap space they would have if they drafted Burke, and how they might be able to spend it on a really special player, or to hold as a reward for the stars that emerge from this group. If they drafted Burke, they'd have to pay him about $2.5M, instead of about $9M for Calderon. That's some real money saved.
Does any of this make sense to anyone? Does assembling an even younger team with great potential make sense, or do you think the team really needs to add more veteran leadership and confidence? I thought I'd like to ask the question and see what everyone thinks.