Detroit Pistons: 3 takeaways from 2019 NBA offseason

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The Detroit Pistons added a few players this offseason and their plan of attack was similar to ones we’ve seen them take for the past decade.

The Detroit Pistons made the NBA playoffs for the first time in four years at the end of the 2018-19 season, and they looked to build around All-NBA forward Blake Griffin by being aggressive during the offseason.

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They added three players via the draft and they have made multiple additions in free agency. They have done that with limited spending power, and they’re sending a message to Blake and the fans. We’re trying to win now more than in the future.

Of their free-agent additions, none of them have an overwhelming ceiling that is yet to be reached. Derrick Rose outperformed expectations last year, but he’s far removed from his MVP season back in 2010-11.

Markieff Morris is a solid 3-and-D player, but he’s not going getting any better with his age, and Tim Frazier is a solid yet unspectacular role player. The focus is clearly on the now and the near future.

Detroit remains in the hunt for the playoffs, and the moves they made this offseason only further solidified those chances. What did the moves they made mean though? It’s going to define their season depending on how these players play.

If they struggle, they’ll have no depth and they will get worn down as the season goes along. So, what can we learn if we look back at this offseason for the Pistons?