I will be all over in this post so feel free to jump on any of it. 20 more days until the 1st pre-season game. What are we going to see this year? One thing that stands out is lack of a backup point or any real combo guard. We have Murry and Delfino and even Dupree - if you want to go there. What about Johnson? We will get to him later. Murry ,the guy who chocked in the playoffs, and Delfino ,the guy who wants out, are our main backups? Perhaps there is a method to the madness. Both players can be valuable who both happen to be at an extremly low point in trade value. But they could be worth something as the season goes on so why not play them and trade them for a quality point or combo guard when the time is right? Would make no sense to trade Delfino now and Murry for the price is a good asset. That would leave us without a backup SF but what law is preventing Amir from fulfilling that role? Not ready yet? Too young? Is is written in stone that a highschool aged rookie has to sit on the bench for 3 years? If it is a script then its for Piston ears only and we all saw how that played out with Darko. Pistons need to start playing the young guys. If Johnson is going to be the next Kobe then he better get playing soon because Kobe was already hitting 20 MPG in his 2nd season. Thats true only for potential type players and not for 2nd round hacks like Blaylock. I have to believe that keeping Blaylock on the team is a simple smoke screen for the illusion of having a 3rd point. If someone has a different take on Blaylock then feel free? Anything I am missing here to indicate otherwise? In Marc Steins article ( see other thread ) the Pistons were ranked #11 by him in offseason moves. I agree we did get worse on paper. Think of it this way. If Ben was still under contract then would anyone in their right mind trade him for Mohamed? Seriously? No way. Note - Flip said we will be better in "many" ways not better as a team. The Pistons season depends more on playing the guys that we already had from last year and not necessarily new aquisitions. At least play the unplayable of last year so they can be worth something to get a player or 2 that we really need. And who says Davis cannot still play? He is old at 36 but basically had the better part of 2 years off so that has to help. Prediciton - Its not going to be as bad as some think or it will be better than whats expected. Rather have it that way than be dissapointed like last season so we will see. In the end - you will just have to watch ( and post in the game threads... ) .