It’s about a five hour drive from Milwaukee to Detroit, but only about an hour by plane.
Sorry, I thought that was necessary for you to know, since it seems that anybody associated with Milwaukee Bucks basketball will eventually, inevitably, find themselves associated with Detroit Pistons basketball.
The Detroit Pistons are hiring Milwaukee executive David Mincberg as an assistant general manager, sources tell ESPN. Mincberg was the Bucks’ VP of Basketball Strategy, working with GM Jon Horst for the past three years.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2020
David Mincberg will partner with new Pistons GM Troy Weaver, who was recently promoted to the lead role from the Oklahoma City Thunder, after a lengthy search conducted by interim head honcho Ed Stefanski. Mincberg will take the place of former assistant GM Pat Garrity, who will leave the franchise once his contract runs out. Mincberg partnered with Bucks GM Jon Horst after Horst took the reins
This is not the first time a Buck has ventured east to find a new home in the Motor City. To wit, there already was Thon Maker, Tony Snell, John Henson, Brandon Knight (though it took him a while to get there), Brandon Jennings (remember that, the trade that brought us Khris Middleton?), and of course Christian Wood. Jon Horst, himself, came from the Pistons organization, as did his predecessor (and drafter of length/Giannis Antetokounmpo) John Hammond. These two franchises are destined to swap employees and players forever, it seems...
Mincberg will almost assuredly lend his experience assisting Horst in building the present-day Bucks to Detroit’s efforts to escape mediocrity. Last season, they were the Eastern Conference’s 8th seed and played the Bucks in the first round. It...didn’t go well.
The @Bucks won Game 1 by 35 points, their biggest win in an #NBAPlayoffs game since 1971 and the second-biggest postseason victory ever against Detroit. #FearTheDeer— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 15, 2019
The Pistons are in a tough position for rebuilding their roster and (re)achieve league-wide respectability. Led by Blake Griffin, who has a massive cap hit and durability concerns, there simply isn’t much young, All-star-level-upside talent on the roster. Christian Wood is an obvious candidate to return, but there’s questions about how much he can sustain the production that put him on the map this season. Other than him, Sekou Doumbouya is a young talent with plenty of room to grow. Will he? Who knows?
Long story short, good luck to David Mincberg, here’s hoping the Bucks can pummel the Pistons in a second-round series someday.