Look at the current state of the pistons. They don’t look so good, do they? WRONG! He is changing the game. With small ball teams like the rockets being successful, he’s trying to pull a 180, and it might work. Okafor, Griffin, Stewart, Grant, and Plumlee are all bigs that can overpower another team. You put that team out, and no matter how much talent, a team with a 6’6″ center can’t do anything. That’s total size dominance.
Another part of his genius is acquiring LiAngelo Ball. He averaged 13, 1, and 3 in the NBL. His little brother, the third overall pick, only averaged 17 PPG. It’s not that far of a stretch to say middle child LiAngelo may no longer be in the shadows of his brothers. He can prove people wrong, and he will. His 6’5″ 230 frame is big enough to play either backcourt position and maybe even run some 3, allowing for versatility on his end.
Only 6 of the 20 players invited to camp are older than 25. Besides players fresh out of the draft like Hayes, Bey, Stewart, and Lee, they have rookies Sirvydis, Ball, and Lamb all looking to prove themselves. While Ball and Lamb were passed on 60 times each, Sirvydis was drafted last season, but he had to finish his European career. Lamb twice was the America East player of the year. He was passed on for being a senior from a mid-major, but he still beat out 9 other full rosters and the rest of his team. Having a conference POTY, even if a weaker conference, shows talent.
The signings of Josh Jackson and Jahlil Okafor actually make quite a bit of sense. Both are still on the younger end and will be able to produce. They were top 5 picks for a reason. Okafor was All-Rookie 1st team, over future stars like D’Angelo Russel and Montrezl Harrel. There is no denying that Okafor can have a bright future, his past proves it. Jackson was selected to the All-Rookie 2nd team, over future stars Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox. Like Okafor, his past shows he is able to have a future.
Overall, Weaver has done an interesting job in his version of a rebuild. Can the Pistons contend this year, probably not. Can they contend next year or the year after, yes they can. His team, if he plays his cards right, is set for success. It’ll be a risky endeavor, but it may be pulled off. The only way to find out is to watch everything unfold game by game.