If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team which may make a significant leap up the standings, consider the Detroit Pistons.
Although Detroit yields the great majority of a roster that won just 29 games per year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as commanding officer will add discipline and structure.
We know SVG wins he finds a way by fitting playing style to be successful and where he moves. It is him, if anyone can sort out the frontcourt jumble and backcourt ineptitude in Detroit.
That’s not to say there won’t be significant hurdles, based on Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith combination–even if they perform fewer minutes together–has attained’don’t hope until you see them perform great basketball things status.'”
Smith and Jennings are commodities that are harmful really. Both can take their team from games if not handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy will have to rein both while also getting more from the remainder of the roster–Andre Drummond that is man-child and Greg Monroe particularly.
If Drummond gives Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this team will be in company. And by business, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get too crazy.
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