Detroit Pistons 2017 NBA Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Detroit Pistons 2017 Preview
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The Detroit Pistons have missed the playoffs in two of the three years under coach Stan Van Gundy and are eager to take advantage of an even weaker Eastern Conference. Detroit loves its basketball, and it would be a tough swallow if this is another year of disappointment. While expectations aren’t crazy high for this club, it’s time for the Pistons to turn things around after missing the postseason in seven of the last eight years.
Here is your Detroit Pistons 2017 NBA preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Pistons say goodbye to their third-leading scorer in Marcus Morris after two seasons in which he combined for 2,200 points, 770 rebounds and 361 assists. Morris played his role well in Detroit and brought some of the toughness to this team. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now with the Los Angeles Lakers after four seasons in Detroit that consistented of up-and-down play and just 40.5 percent shooting from the field. However, at just 24 years old, there’s plenty of time for Caldwell-Pope to become a more consistent two-way player. Aron Baynes didn’t put up sexy numbers offensively, but he was a tough role player for the Pistons and helped clean the glass in his limited playing time.
Key Player Additions: Detroit made one of the more underrated moves of the offseason by trading for Avery Bradley, one of the best defenders at the shooting guard position and somebody who shot 46.3 percent from the field last season. Bradley fits in nicely with the Pistons and adds a spark on the offensive end as well. Langston Galloway has bounced around the league and has had his hiccups as well, but he is a 36.6 percent shooter from deep and will commit defensively in his time off the bench. Anthony Tolliver returns to Detroit after a short stint in Sacramento while Eric Moreland also comes over from the Kings and turned heads during the summer league.
Draft: The Pistons drafted Luke Kennard with their only draft pick. He was one of the top shooters in the 2017 class, shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three in two seasons at Duke. However, Kennard is more than just a shooter, as he can break guys down off the dribble, get to the free throw line and create for others. Kennard played really well in summer league and is somebody who could be key this season to helping the Pistons make that rare playoff trip.
Outlook: It feels like there’s pressure on the Pistons to make the playoffs this season after a lot of letdowns over the years and the fact the East is so wide open. And while I like the addition of Bradley and think Kennard has a bright NBA career, Detroit didn’t do a ton outside of those moves to improve its roster. Remember, the Pistons won only 37 games last season, so there has to be a considerable improvement in wins to make the postseason and you have to remove a team that made it last year. The Pistons are one of those teams that’s tough to gauge, so I wouldn’t be surprised either way, but I’m leaning towards Detroit coming up short.