If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a jump up the standings, contemplate the Detroit Pistons.
Though Detroit yields the vast majority of a roster that won just 29 games a year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as commanding officer will add structure and discipline.
We know SVG wins that he sees a way by fitting playing style to be successful and wherever he goes. It’s him, if anybody can sort out the 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 team will be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith mix –even when they perform fewer minutes together–has reached’don’t hope till you see them perform great basketball things standing.'”
Jennings and smith are dangerous commodities indeed. Both can shoot on their team out of games if not exactly handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy will need to rein those two in while also getting more from the remainder of the roster–Greg Monroe and man-child Andre Drummond in particular.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this group will be in business. And by business, I mean someplace at or marginally above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.
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