The NBA playoffs. The most intense time for all basketball teams throughout the NBA (for those who have made at least ahem.. the Lakers). New unexpected teams are sprouting throughout the league hoping to prove the regular “powerhouse” squads that they deserve respect by veteran playoff teams. Most of these “playoff rookies” include the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Hornets, the Indiana Pacers, and finally the Boston Celtics. Personally, my favorite team of these 4 would be the Detroit Pistons.
The Detroit Pistons owned by Mr. Stan Van Gundy, and coached by Stan Van Gundy. The once feared team back in 2000. Led by a numerous amount of NBA legends (in my opinion) including Ben Wallace, Chauncy Billups, Allen Iverson, Bill Laimbeer, Rasheed Wallace, Isiah Thomas, and Richard Hamilton the Pistons owned the league in the early 2000. Seeing up to 3 championship seasons and 6 playoff appearances whose last was in 2009. After that, they never managed to retain their old glory. They never came close to making the playoffs and quickly seeped to the bottom of the league.
Until this year, after acquiring a dominating center that the young Andre Drummond is in 2012 as the ninth overall pick. This powerful center quickly made a name for being one of the most aggressive centers in the league. Drafting this aspiring star gave hope to Detroit fans and the organization.
Things began to look up for the Pistons. Soon after that, they managed to steal Reggie Jackson in during the 2014-2015 season. Reggie Jackson being drafted in 2011 by the Oklahoma City Thunder and played limited minutes under the shadow of Russel Westbrook wanted more. He wanted a greater role for the team but the Thunder could not provide so the Pistons quickly snatched him up. After that, the Pistons future only seemed to get brighter after snagging Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic who is young and has lots of talent which fits perfectly with the team already. The Pistons finally made the playoffs this year and now they face the King, Lebron. Tobias Harris will have to step up including Reggie Jackson for they have to guard the elusive Kyrie Irving and the King himself. Hopefully in several years they will easily, dethrone the king.