I can see it, I honestly can.
No "true" explosive presence on offense. A gritty, tough as nails defense. The Detroit Pistons definitely have the potential for it, but let's get one thing straight: they are not the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pistons do not possess the Grizzlies' infamous "grit and grind" style of basketball, which has sometimes been crudely described as ugly.
The Pistons have the potential to be very good defensively and even alright offensively if they can get Josh Smith to fit in with the team.
But they don't have Z-Bo or Conley. While the Grizzlies aren't largely praised for their offensive prowess, they're certainly more skilled than the Pistons. I mean, come on, really?
By comparing the future Pistons to the current Grizzlies, you're on the right track, but... something's just not quite right there.
The Grizzlies retained Tony Allen and chose an under-appreciated player in Kosta Koufos. These are good moves, and by playing with the same energy and viciousness, the Grizzlies will have another good year. Moves like these will keep the Grizzlies the Grizzlies and they will help them to retain competitiveness after a crazy offseason for the Western Conference. Unlike Detroit, who will simply have a better year than their below-average normal. I don't say this to disparage the Pistons, but they're not likely to be at quite the level the Grizzlies are at any time soon. All that said, here's to another great year ahead of Memphis basketball.
Get your growl towels ready and grind on.