If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a leap up the standings, contemplate the Detroit Pistons.
Though Detroit yields the vast majority of a roster which won only 29 games a year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s arrival as commanding officer will include structure and discipline.
We understand SVG wins that he sees a way by matching playing style to succeed and wherever he moves. It is him, if anybody can sort out backcourt ineptitude and the mess in Detroit.
That’s not to say there will not be significant hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith mix –even if they perform fewer minutes together–has reached’don’t hope until you see them perform good basketball things standing.'”
Jennings and smith are commodities indeed. Both can shoot their team out of games if not exactly handled. For the Pistons to make noise, Van Gundy might have to rein those two while also getting more from the remainder of the roster–Andre Drummond that is man-child and Greg Monroe in particular.
If Drummond gives Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this group will be in company. And by business, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get too crazy.
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