Rod Beard ranks the Pistons in value for 2019-20
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The Detroit Pistons are at a critical point in their evolution. After being a reported candidate to land Russell Westbrook in a trade, they’re in an odd spot.
They’re one or two players from being a true contender in the Eastern Conference. They’re also one or two players from being one of the worst teams in the NBA. Blake Griffin’s injury late in the season helped drop them from a potential No. 6 seed to eighth, where they were swept out by the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
Fans welcomed the idea of trading for another superstar to bolster the roster, but it would have damaged their depth, specifically with young players under rookie contracts.
Under the front office led by Ed Stefanski, the Pistons have added a young core through the draft and trades, to augment the veteran core that includes Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson.
The next step will be tweaking a roster that has valuable expiring contracts to maximize the potential to make another run in the revamped East toward another playoff appearance. Each player has value, but after the NBA Draft and free agency, the Pistons still could add another backup center.
With that in mind, here’s our attempt to rank the Pistons by value, based on production, contract status and outlook for the 2019-20 season.