Over this summer, many have seriously questioned Joe Dumars' moves-including myself. Whether it started all the way back when we hired Mo Cheeks without even giving a look at a more proven coach such as George Karl or Vinny Del Negro, passing on Trey Burke back in June, signing Josh Smith to a big deal, or the recent trade for Brandon Jennings, I am fairly certain that the majority of Piston fans aren't 100% happy with at least 1 deal Joe Dumars made. This could stem from the fact that Josh Smith really can't play the 3, or Brandon Jennings is a shoot-first point guard. However, the reason for success this offseason has nothing to do with stats or how a player fits. This offseason was a success because Joe Dumars took a future good team, and created a present and future good team.
The Pistons have a roster full of recent draft picks, which means we will have to give these picks new contracts very soon. While they're restricted free agents, that doesn't mean there isn't a chance they'll leave. With players like Andre and Monroe soon to have expiring contracts, what is going to make them want to stay without offering them a boatload of cash? Success. Why would Andre and Monroe want to stay with a team that has shown no success? If the player isn't happy with his team, there really is no way to keep him. Look at LMA and Kevin Love who are both on their post-rookie contracts. They want to be traded most likely due to lack of success. It's not hard to invision Monroe or Drummond making a similar headline. Now that we have Josh Smith and Jennings, although they might now be the best fit, we are a better team. Restoring the Pistons success, launching them into the playoffs, filling up the stands are all great ways to attract free agents and keep the current players.
Another reason why it was a great fit was because of experience. Look at the roster. Who has been to the playoffs before? Not many players. While we aren't going to the finals this year, look at what experience in the playoffs does for teams. For example, look at how well Miami conducted itself going against OKC. I'm no basketball analyst but I guarantee you that being in the finals last year significantly helped Miami. It's the same with the Pistons who could have much more success in the future when Jennings, Monroe, Drummond, and KCP are all in their primes if they get exposure to the playoffs early on in their career.
The reporters will question the Pistons and the fans will question the Pistons, but regardless of whether or not this team is a fit, it's clear that they're a better team this year than they were last year, which will help them be a better team in the future.