The Detroit Pistons are in the midst of a pivotal season for the franchise. The team has missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons despite having the fifth highest payroll in the league and traded for Blake Griffin in an attempt to re-energize the roster.
While the Pistons are far from the best team in the league, the team is and has been talented enough to make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference over the past two seasons. One of the primary reasons why the Pistons have underachieved is Stan Van Gundy's poor coaching and roster construction.
Van Gundy was hired to be the Pistons' coach and president in 2014 and the team has hardly improved since he took over. SVG inherited a 29 win team when he took over and while the Pistons have certainly been better since then, Van Gundy's best season with the team netted just 44 wins and a first round playoff loss.
This season hasn't been much better for the Pistons even with the acquisition of Blake Griffin, and Van Gundy should be on his way out in Detroit if he can't lead the team to the playoffs this year.
The #Pistons have lost 9 of 11 despite acquiring Blake Griffin, and are 15-29 since winning 14 of 20 to start season. Stan Van Gundy is in the 4th year of a 5-year deal. If you add this all together, what does it mean?— Pat Caputo (@patcaputo98) March 6, 2018
The Pistons currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and are five games out of a playoff spot. Van Gundy has had four years to build a legitimate playoff contender and has proven that he cannot do it.
If the Pistons fail to qualify for the playoffs again this season Van Gundy should be fired. His roster construction and coaching has not been enough to mold a playoff contender and the franchise deserves a staff that can.