With trade rumors swirling around the Detroit Pistons’ two best players Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, it seems as if they are ready give in and try to compete next year with fresh, new talent. This may not be the best case scenario for the the team. Let it be known, this Detroit basketball team is still a playoff-worthy team.

Right now, the Pistons sit at a poor 27-30 record, although they are still very much in play for a playoff spot. Last year, the team was young, and they got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first series since the 2008-2009 season in which they also got swept by the Cavaliers. Making the playoffs was huge progress for a team that hadn’t made it in over five years.

This year, Detroit was expected to make leaps and bounds and contend for home court advantage in the playoffs. So far though, it hasn’t gone according to plan. The team sits in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, and are just ahead of the smoking hot Miami Heat, who may catch them. The Chicago Bulls who are just ahead of them, have looked weak during most of the season. It would be crucial to the postseason success of the Pistons to get to the seventh seed so they could play a team besides the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.

Possibly the biggest reason that Detroit should and will make the playoffs is because of the tremendous depth that they have. Right now, injuries aren’t an issue, and the team has six players that averaged double digit points per game. That also isn’t including a solid backup point guard in Ish Smith and an up-and-coming small forward, Stanley Johnson. It is obvious that the team has good depth, and if they could make a blockbuster trade at the deadline for a star player, they could yet again be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Names like Paul George and Jimmy Butler come to mind when thinking of a possible trade, but it’s never easy to pry a star player away from a team. A trade for either of those players would likely force the Pistons to trade away their first round pick, Stanley Johnson, and a starting player, especially a forward.

Although we still don’t know whether the Pistons will be buyers or sellers, they still have a good chance of making the playoffs. We’ll find out whether Drummond or Jackson will be going, and whether or not Detroit will bring somebody to the team in hopes of succeeding in the playoffs.

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