On June 18th the NBA’s Detroit Pistons finalized a deal with Troy Weaver to make him the franchise’s new general manager according to the team’s official website. Troy Weaver was the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Vice President of Basketball Operations and has a great eye for evaluating young talent and helping them develop. On the Thunder, he assisted in drafting three players who would go onto be league MVPs, in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.
Detroit was in dire need of a change to continue to dictate their rebuilding process. In the past 10 NBA seasons, they have only made the playoffs two times, being swept in the first round as an 8 seed on both occasions. Prior to that stint, the Pistons had at least made it to the NBA Conference Finals for six consecutive seasons. However, hopes are higher than ever for Detroit, as Troy Weaver says he is “excited for the challenge of building this team.” Also, Weaver has a strong track record as Oklahoma City has made the playoffs now 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Since signing, Weaver has elaborated that 6-time All-Star Blake Griffin, and 3-time All-Star and former MVP Derrick Rose are going to be a part of the process to build the roster. The team also has young players with plenty of potential such as Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood, who had a breakout season this past year.
If Weaver plays his cards right in the re-construction of the Pistons’ roster this could truly be the turning point for the franchise’s return to success which they experienced a decade ago. And Weaver understands this history saying “this isn’t a rebuild — it’s a restoring. There’s been greatness here.”
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