Detroit Pistons 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Detroit Pistons 2016 Preview
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Last year, the Detroit Pistons made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and now enter as one of the teams in the East that can make some noise. Detroit enters in its third year with Stan Van Gundy and has a lot of upside with its current core.
Can the Pistons make the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time since 07-08?
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Here is your 2016 Detroit Pistons preview.
Key Player Losses: The Pistons didn’t lose anybody from last years roster unless you want to include Jodie Meeks as a key loss. Meeks played 63 games in two seasons with the Pistons and scored a combined 685 points and had 82 assists. That’s really the only guy who left Detroit during the offseason.
Key Player Additions: The Pistons signed power forward Jon Leuer and point guard Ish Smith. Leuer is a career 47.9 percent shooter from the field and is a big who can stretch the floor with his outside shooting. Smith played 50 games for the 76ers last season and averaged 14.7 points and seven assists. Smith was the main reason the 76ers were competitive down the stretch after being traded from New Orleans. Not sexy pickus but guys who certainly add valuable depth.
Draft: Henry Ellenson should see playing time behind Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer, and he’s a skilled big who averaged close to a double-double with Marquette last season. Michael Gbinije was a solid pickup in the second round, as he’s a competitive player with great defense and athleticism. If he makes the team and sees the floor, Gbinije could give the Pistons a solid 10-15 minutes off the bench. He also has a shot to eventually blossom into a solid role player despite already being 24 years old.
Outlook: The Pistons are a well coached young team that’s only going to improve, especially after picking up playoff experience last season. Drummond is one of the better centers in the league, Harris is back for a full season, Stanley Johnson is a stud off the bench and Reggie Jackson is one of the more underrated point guards in the league. Detroit may be a piece away from really competing for the East title, but this is a solid group that could push for 50 wins if everything goes right. I like the Pistons and hope to make money on them this season.