Tom Gores on board with Troy Weaver’s ‘thoughtfully aggressive’ plan for Detroit Pistons
Detroit – Within a few days, the pistons underwent a major overhaul. General manager Troy Weaver transformed the squad of the 20-46 team that ended the season on a whimper.
During the trading season opening hours, which continued in design and through free agency, Weaver took significant steps, with team owner Tom Gores watching carefully and advocating the changes.
The Pistons had three draft picks in the first round and four new players on their starting line-up. They only have four players who came back from last season – and the early analysis is that it will take time for the chemistry to develop and the new players to yell.
It’s all part of the bigger plan, and Gores is on board.
“We’re very young, but what Troy wanted to do I didn’t know we’d do as soon as we did. I think it was a win for us to get three picks for the first lap, ”said Gores on Saturday night. “We have to see how these young men develop, but I would say Troy did it right away because he really did.
“He didn’t sit back and worry about it. He was thoughtfully aggressive and owned it. “
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At the start of last season, the focus was on the veterans with Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson and Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose. Some young players were scattered around them trying to start a playoff run.
That season the whole script was reversed. Now it’s down to the young core, with some of the veterans around them, to create a new culture and focus on long-term building. It’s a powerful change that signals long-term rebuilding, but Weaver’s plan is to make it a shorter project that will restore many of the tenets of the Pistons championship teams of the past.
“We have a very, very young team and had to take a different direction. We just haven’t made enough progress, ”said Gores. “Troy, I’ll give this to him, he was a new person with us and he wasn’t scared. Every player we drafted knew these players really well. He knew because he saw her train and he knows her as a player. He has real clarity about the type of player he likes. “
Under Weaver’s leadership, the Pistons have a new foundation for young players, including Killian Hayes (# 7) and Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey (teammates). The addition of Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Josh Jackson, and others rounded out the list of veteran experience to add to the young core.
Weaver clearly has a blueprint of the basketball DNA he wanted, and getting the draft picks and players he wanted was a huge undertaking, but it will shape the Pistons’ culture and style more than anything.
“Troy had certain basketball things that he wanted – length and certain basketball skills – and then he wanted more people on the ground fighting for the ball and that grit and that toughness, and he felt like we weren’t had enough of it, ”said Gores. “Just to be honest, that’s one of the things he really looked into. … I just know that hard work is what it takes, and I think that’s something Troy – he won’t tolerate anything that isn’t hard work. The other thing about him and Troy is that he and trainer Dwane (Casey) really had a good chemistry and talked about things. “