Read this from a NYSun article linked in the Pistons article section: When Detroit began their run of Conference Finals appearances, they had two rookies, Prince and pivotman Mehmet Okur, making major contributions. Since then — and in basketball years, 2003 was a long time ago — the Pistons have failed to turn any of their young talent into productive NBA players. Most famously they failed to do anything with the no. 2 pick in that year's draft, Darko Milicic. He was little more than a human victory cigar for two and half seasons before getting traded to Orlando where he averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 boards, two assists, and four blocks per 40 minutes of action. If the Pistons had that kind of production coming off their bench, we might be talking about their prospects for a three-peat. This made me do a little research, and sure enough, only one Piston draftee who's averaged less than 10 mpg in their rookie season has ever played more than gt for Detroit, and that's the JYD. Tay averaged 10.3, but his only competition was Michael Curry. We gave zero chances to several players that managed to at least have or will have serviceable NBA careers: Michael Williams, Scot Pollard, Brian Cardinal, and DMC. Players like Allan Houston, Lindsey Hunter, Theo Ratliff, Mehmut Okur, Mateen Cleeves, and even Rodney White were given serious minutes to see if they could or could not play. Other teams, like the Lakers, Clips, and Spurs find minutes for their youth, and develop them. So is this part of Piston DNA, develop yourself, cause we're not going to? And what does this say about JMax and Amir? (Delfino gets a pass due to his unjury). Is Piston culture simply too impatient to let the young guys make mistakes and develop? And even worse, do we judge too quickly, so that even if they young guys start to develop, we've already given up on them or they've become so angry at their time in Detroit that they want out (Darko). IMO, our management is not player friendly and believes everyone is replaceable, which also explains Houston, Hill, and now Big Ben bolting.