By: Michael Levell (@4HFAdvantage)
On March 28, 2014, the Detroit Pistons will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their franchise's first NBA championship. Much like the city they resided in, the 1988 – 89 Detroit "Bad Boys" team was hard working and did the dirtiest work on the court that was allowed. That team was not flashy, but they outworked opposing teams in every fashion of the game. Because of that "blue collar" style of play, the "Bad Boys" took 63 wins that season and left many teams battered and demoralized when the court cleared. That type of play is not prevalent in today's NBA but there are a few players that embody that "Bad Boy" essence of physicality, attitude, and intimidation. Here are some NBA personalities that could come together and recreate this legendary team:
Chris Paul: Chris Paul packs a lot of toughness in a smaller frame. He is the unquestioned leader of giants whenever he is on the court and he has never backed down from any opponent. Like Isaiah Thomas, Paul has a public image that is surprisingly cleaner than his play on the court.
Tony Allen: Strong perimeter defenders are an endangered species in the NBA and Tony Allen is one of the most dangerous. Although only 6'4, Allen will guard the best perimeter play on every team and bully them the entire time. Allen is known to not allow shooters to move freely without a forearm shove or two.
Metta World Peace: He is a "bad boy" just because I'm scared to not put him on the list. If you are not afraid of Metta World Peace then please review the reconstructive surgery that he did on James Harden's head.
DeMarcus Cousins: DeMarcus Cousins is known as an immature player that seeks attention. While that may be true, he is also known to seek his victims in the post only to push them around. The worst thing that anybody can do to Cousins is show fear because he will sniff it out and exploit it.
Joakim Noah: Joakim Noah is the classic "I don't care" type of player that will do all the dirty work on the court and relish in it. Noah does not back down from anyone and he is known to seek fights with some of the NBA's elite. The best thing about Noah is his pride. He will not let you drive to the basket without knowing he is there and he will set bone crushing screens on nearby defenders. Noah is just like Bill Laimbeer but with a nappy relaxer.
Matt Barnes: Barnes best quality is he is a goon for hire. He is an irritant and a physical player. He is the type of player that is only liked by fellow teammates.