If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a significant leap up the standings, consider the Detroit Pistons.
Although Detroit returns the great majority of a roster that won only 29 games per year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as controlling officer will include discipline and structure.
We know SVG wins where he moves and he finds a way by matching playing style to succeed. It’s him, if anybody can sort out backcourt ineptitude and the frontcourt jumble in Detroit.
That is not to say there will not be major hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This team will probably be frisky, however the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith combination–even if they perform fewer moments together–has attained’do not trust till you see them do good basketball things standing.'”
Smith and Jennings are commodities indeed. Both can shoot their team out of games if not precisely handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy will need to rein both in while also getting more from the rest of the roster–Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe particularly.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this group will be in company. And by company, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.
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