Detroit Pistons: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Detroit Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2008, and new head coach Stan Van Gundy looks to change that this season. The Pistons enter 2014 with a lot of raw talent and potential, but there are still question marks that need to be answered before they can take that next step.
Here is your 2014 Detroit Pistons NBA preview.
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Key Additions: D.J. Augustin
Key Losses: Rodney Stuckey, Chauncey Billups
Biggest Strength: The Detroit Pistons have one of the most underrated frontcourts in all of basketball with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. With both players under 25 years old, they have yet to hit their prime and still managed to average a double double each last season. Drummond is quickly developing into arguably the best center in the NBA, and he’s only entering his third season at 21 years old. Monroe is an eventual max player and has improved each season he’s been in Detroit. These two players feed off one another and have the potential to become consistent All Stars once the Pistons start winning more games. Of course, we haven’t even mentioned Josh Smith, who enters the year in better shape and more dedicated than in the past.
Biggest Weakness: The Detroit Pistons need to play much better defense after finishing last season ranked 27th in the league in points allowed. There’s no reason for the Pistons to be that horrible defensively when there’s a ton of athleticism on the roster. Drummond, Monroe, Smith and even Brandon Jennings are young players who move well and should be able to commit defensively. Defense is all about determination and effort, and the Pistons showed very little of that at the other end of the court. Detroit isn’t going to win many games trading baskets, as this team isn’t that talented yet. The Detroit Pistons much become more of a balanced team if this season is going to be successful.
Expectations: I’m not sure anybody knows what to expect from the Detroit Pistons this season, a team that finished last year with 29 wins. The Pistons have enough pieces to be a surprise team and push for possibly 40 wins, but it all comes down to whether or not the players want to play hard at both ends of the floor. Defense was a major issue last season for the Pistons. Either way, the Pistons are a team moving in the right direction and should be one of many teams in the East fighting for a final playoff spot towards the end of the season.