Iverson to Detroit?

I think Spottie is basically right: the only way this makes sense is for financial reasons. My love for AI is well-documented, but I’m not sure he’s the right fit for the team. He’s not a good one-on-one defender, and his value on that end is mainly that he plays the passing lanes well (he’s always been a bit of a gambler, which is why he needs a shot-blocker like Mutombo or Camby behind him when he gets beat).  This more or less keeps the Pistons right where they are; they’re still behind the Celtics and about even with the Cavs. But it gives AI a better shot of getting a ring than he had with the Nugs. He’ll definitely have the kind of supporting cast around him that folks in Philly always said he’d been denied, so let’s see what he does with it. 

Chauncey gets to go back to Colorado, where he grew up and where he played his college ball, but that team is gonna be one of those playoff regulars that never wins a championship. That’s not Chauncey’s fault; he’s still one of the top six or seven PGs in the league, I think, but as gifted as Melo is, he doesn’t bring much else to the table besides his (considerable) offensive arsenal, and the West is chock full of very good-if-not-great teams.

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2 thoughts on “Iverson to Detroit?

  1. Grump November 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm Reply

    The Starting Five nailed it right. This is a money move so that the Pistons will be in a good position to go after Bosh, Wade or even LeBron. My affection for Joe D is complex since he played for the Pistons in the 1990s.

  2. rakia November 3, 2008 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Back in ’01 when AI was the franchise player for the Sixers, he was my favorite player in the league. He was so athletic and fast, and he played with more passion and spirit than anyone I’d ever seen. His reputation for playing with — or should I say *through* — injuries only made me like him more. Especially when you consider his small stature. (I’ve seen him up close twice. He’s probably about 5’9″ and a buck sixty.)

    But all that was yeeeaaaars ago…when AI was at his peak and he was the go-to guy on his team. Newsflash: he ain’t that guy anymore. AI can still be productive, of course. But at 33 years old, he’s past his prime. And for an athlete as injury-prone as AI, it’s going to get harder and harder for him to bounce back from broken fingers, twisted ankles and the like.

    I just hope AI doesn’t pull a Gary Payton.

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