All indications pointed toward our defense being terrible this year... Brought in a coach who has been an offensive coordinator Lost Rasheed, one of the best defensive big men in the game Lost Antonio Mcdyess, another smart, solid big man. Gave away our 2 best young defensive players, Afflalo and Amir. Acquired two free agents who are notoriously weak defenders Don't have a 7 footer on the team Have an overabundance of guards and a practical need to employ small ball We traded Chauncey, the most sure handed PG in the league, who limited turnovers and transition scoring for our opponents We have been starting a PG who's main weapon is the forced drive, which leaves us vulnerable to transitions on misses There is a big difference between talking about playing defense and playing defense. We don't have the players to get it done anymore. We can shoot close to 60% and lose a basketball game now. We can give up more points in a half than we did in an entire playoff game before. Defense costs Pistons in loss to Timberwolves - Daily Tribune: Breaking news coverage for southeastern Oakland County, Michigan Take it from Ben Gordon (our $11M/year bench player) To summarize his position, Terrible, can't get any worse, take plays off, have lapses, disastrous. Why has Joe abandoned his tried and true philosophy of building a team from the defense up? Does he know that the Pistons are going to move to Tulsa soon?