After four years the Detroit Pistons decided to part ways with head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. Tom Gores wants to separate the two titles. decentralizing the power of the organization. The Pistons will need a duo to make the most of a capped-out roster who has missed the playoffs two out of the last three years. These candidates stated below would be the most intriguing hires the organization can make.
Potential candidates for president of basketball operations
Griffin’s name has been thrown around a lot due to his success with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former Cleveland general manager for was aggressive and did anything to surround LeBron James with talent, with limited cap space. He’s a plausible candidate as Tom Gores as been reported to look for an experienced front-office executive. Griffin makes a good candidate if the Pistons plan on trying to make the Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin experience work, If the Pistons are looking to rebuild, Griffin wouldn’t be the ideal candidate.
Rosas has been a critical asset to the Houston Rockets’ success, and will understand how to use today’s advanced stats and analytics to make the Pistons roster successful in today’s positionless NBA. It’ll be interesting if Rosas would want to leave his role as the Rockets’ executive vice president to join the Pistons front office due to the difficult situation Detroit finds themselves in with limited cap space and disappointing young players, I’d be hard to sway Rosas away in my opinion.
A popular candidate of a lot of Pistons fans is Chauncey Billups. The Piston great flirted with joining the Cavaliers front-office last season, but didn’t want to deal with the uncertainty of Cleveland’s ownership. People around the league see Billups as a bright mind made for an NBA front office. I do see the Pistons offering him a role,but it’s hard to see them offering Billups the top role of given the lack of experience as an NBA executive.
Potential Candidates for Head Coaches
An opportunity to hire a coach of Casey’s caliber is something every organization would take in a heartbeat, including Detroit. Casey is very well respected and proved this season that he is willing to change his system to adjust to today’s NBA, as the Raptors took more threes and utilized their bench better than any other team in the league, Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins in 2017-18. Casey has been good developing young players, which the Pistons have struggled with under Stan Van Gundy as Stanley Johnson and other young players have seemingly plateaued.
The coach of the Raptors 905, the G League affiliate for the Toronto Raptors, has become a name around league circles as a possible coaching star. As a former player, Stackhouse has familiarity around the organization and would be easy to sell to fans . The transition from the G League to the NBA has been done successfully à la Quin Synder from the Utah Jazz. Youth could play a factor in Detroit’s decision on Stackhouse, reports say Arn Tellem and Tom Gores are looking for experience, regardless of his age Stackhouse could bring energy to a franchise in desperate need of it.
The San Antonio Spurs and Gregg Popovich have produced many talented coaches including Synder, Brett Brown and Mike Budenholzer. Popovich’s tutelage has proven to show his assistants how to handle a locker room and understand what it takes to be successful in the NBA. The WNBA great Hammon has been on the Spurs’ staff for four seasons and coached the Spurs’ summer league team the past three seasons. Players around the organization speak very highly of Hammon’s work, and believe she’s ready for a head coaching opportunity .Hammon would be an awesome step for equality in the NBA being the first female to be the head coach of a male professional sports team. The question here is if the Pistons are willing to be trendsetters.