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Pistons lose first round draft pick

Justin Atkinson, Sports Editor

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The Detroit Pistons played their hearts out this season but came up short of the playoffs. The team finished ninth in the east and just did not finish the season as strong as they would have liked. However, the Pistons made one of the biggest trades of the year when they traded Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a protected first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers. In return for all of that the Pistons received all star Blake Griffin and a new era was born.

Before the trade deadline the Pistons were in desperate need of a change. The Pistons were in a slump and new they needed someone and start contributing immediately. Griffin was the perfect player to bring in and he did all he could for the Pistons this season. Unfortunately, Detroit did not make the playoffs and their only hope was looking to get a star in the draft.

The Pistons could only keep their protected first round pick if it was in the top three. Detroit sent Luke Kennard, who was the Pistons first round pick last year, to represent the organization and hopefully bring some good luck. Unfortunately, the Pistons did not get a top three pick and surrendered their pick to the Clippers. The Pistons will now try to do big things with the team they have now.

After the firing of coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy the Pistons will hope to bring in someone new to rebuild this team. With the right moves and right people leading the team, the Pistons can be a force in the NBA. However, it may be a couple years until we see the Pistons make the finals. Only time will tell how great this team can be.

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