The Detroit Pistons haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, since then they have hired seven different Head Coaches, they’ve changed ownership, and moved arenas. In that time the Pistons have only had three players make an All Star team, those three are Allen Iverson, Andre Drummond, and Blake Griffin. This offseason the Pistons have made the best out what little cap space they had by signing the former MVP and superstar Derrick Rose to a 2 year 15 million dollar contract, they also signed Markieff Morris and Tim Frazier. They acquired Tony Snell via trade with the Milwaukee Bucks where the Pistons moved Jon Leuer. And in the draft the Pistons drafted an 18 year old small forward Sekou Doumbouya.
Pistons owner Tom Gores has said he is willing to go into the luxury tax for a franchise altering player. Well let’s see if he meant what he said because a franchise altering player, who is a former MVP and has averaged a triple double for three straight seasons and is one of the biggest names in all of basketball and all of sports has all of sudden become available on the trade market, and his name is Russell Westbrook. The only ways to get a Superstar in the NBA for small market teams is to either draft one and develop them or trade for star, like the Pistons did for Blake Griffin, no matter what the contract is, if they are serious about winning, they shouldn’t even hesitate.
Dating all the way back to 2012 the Oklahoma City Thunder have averaged a sellout crowd for every game which is 18,203 people. In the Pistons first two season in downtown Detroit at the new arena Little Caesars Arena they have averaged less than 83% of people in the stands per game opposed to the Thunders 100% for several season in a row. Last season the Thunder averaged 97% attendance rate for road games opposed to the Pistons 86% rate. Russell Westbrook has played for the same team and has worn the same number his whole career but he still came in at number seven on top jersey sales in the NBA for the 2018-2019 season. Westbrook is not only a Superstar but he is a basketball legend and he’s 30 years old.
Westbrook has only missed 14 games over the past four seasons so he’s been very healthy. While his shooting has not been good he still a top player in the NBA and a walking triple double who brings energy and effort every single game. Pairing Westbrook with Blake Griffin who just had his best season of his career would be a dynamic duo for the Pistons and the NBA. The Thunder had 49 wins last season, that would have been good enough for 4th place in the east, which would have been home court in the first round, and if he was to come to the East he would have a much better chance to compete in the postseason. While Blake is not Paul George he is a Superstar and his playing style would fit great with Russ, and the rest of the roster would improve with Russ on the team. Not only would the Pistons be competing in the east against the Celtics, 76ers, and Bucks, but most importantly in my opinion they would bring back basketball to a city that used to be so passionate about their team but has lost that passion over the last decade and now would be back to being one of the top fan bases in the NBA. Attendance would be way better, television ratings would be up, and the Pistons would be much better on the court. So to answer the question YES YES YES YES 1000x YES the Pistons should trade for Russell Westbrook.
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