Detroit Pistons 2012-13 NBA Preview

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Detroit Pistons

2011-12 Vitals:

25-41, 4th in Central Division, 10th in Eastern Conference
90.9 PPG/95.7 OPP PPG

2012-13 Roster:

Will Bynum – PG
Austin Daye – SF
Andre Drummond – PF
Kim English – SG
Jonas Jerebko – F
Brandon Knight – PG
Slava Kravtsov – C
Corey Maggette – SF
Jason Maxiell – F
Khris Middleton – SF
Greg Monroe – C
Tayshaun Prince – SF
Kyle Singler – F
Rodney Stuckey – PG
Charlie Villanueva – PF

Offseason Additions:

Andre Drummond, Corey Maggette, Vyacheslav Kravtsov, Khris Middleton, Kim English

Offseason Subtractions:

Ben Gordon

Projected Starters:

PG – Brandon Knight
SG – Rodney Stuckey
SF – Tayshaun Prince
PF – Jonas Jerebko
C – Greg Monroe

Season Outlook:

The Detroit Pistons were a solid team at home last year, posting a record of 18-15. Unfortunately, their road record was atrocious, at 7-26.

The addition of Andre Drummond won’t pay immediate benefits but being able to have two big men on the front line will be a huge deal in the future. If Drummond can provide the rebounding and shot-blocking, Greg Monroe will take care of the offense.

Brandon Knight will need to continue his development and could be an All-Star in the league someday. It won’t be this year, but the Pistons are on the right track and will be relevant again soon.

Best-Case Scenario:

Andre Drummond proves to be worthy of the hype and solidifies a defense that was already pretty good. Corey Maggette provides consistent bench offense and Brandon Knight develops quickly. Pistons narrowly miss the playoffs and end up just below .500.

Worst-Case Scenario:

Drummond is more Hasheem Thabeet than Dwight Howard and shows that he’s not ready to contribute. Knight and Rodney Stuckey clash and the team continues their road woes. Another 25-win season and no advancement as a team.

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