I really want Joe Dumars to play in my fantasy basketball league because I know he doesn’t have a clue when it comes to being a real GM. Trading away Brandon Knight is a sign and trade to get Brandon Jennings might be his worst move to date. Brandon Knight wasn’t a great lead guard by any stretch of the imagination, but at least he was willing to pass the ball on occasion. That’s what Detroit’s most promising players need, is a point guard who can distribute the ball.
What Dumars decided to do instead, was to bring in two of the biggest gunners in the league. And for what? He is not building a championship team… not even close. The Pistons will be lucky to be the sixth seed in the east in next year’s playoffs.
The worst part about this move is what it will do for Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Both have tons of potential, but won’t really have a chance to shine now that Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are on board. Although the new additions have loads of skill, neither deserves the contracts that the got. Even though Smith cost much more money, Jennings may have cost the Pistons the most. Having to give up Knight to get Jennings is the reason for that. Knight still hasn’t really figured out the NBA game in his two seasons as a Piston, but still showed tons of promise and flashes of brilliance. Last year he managed to average 13.3 points a game to go along with 4 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
Jennings did put up more impressive offensive numbers in 2012-13 on the offensive end of the floor but will cost the Pistons more than double. To top it off, Jennings might have the worst shot selection in the entire league. He has shot less than 40 percent from the field for his entire career.
As a Pistons fan, you have to ask yourself two questions. Will the Pistons fight for a playoff spot in 2013-14? Absolutely, but only because the back end of the Eastern Conference is full of less than stellar teams. Are they doing it at the expensive of long term success? In my mind, the answer to that question is also an absolute yes.
What Dumars should have done was stand pat and finish with 25 wins and a top ten pick in the 2014 draft. There are plenty of guys available in that draft who would help the Pistons much more than Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.