NBA Preview 2012-2013 Detroit Pistons
Posted by Jeff Lingard
The Pistons did not have an eventful offseason other than getting Andre Drummond as a value pick in the first round and adding Corey Maggette to get rid of Ben Gordon’s contract. Drummond has impressed so far this preseason and has the most upside of any rookie this year this side of Anthony Davis. He joins Greg Munroe, Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight for one of the more intriguing young cores in the league. If these four develop the Pistons will be a force to be reckoned with as contracts like Charlie Villanueva’s and Corey Maggette’s contracts expire and better complementary pieces can be added. Lawrence Frank is one of the league’s better coaches and I think he can turn this team into a contender for the 8th seed, especially if Drummond develops faster than expected. I really like the Stuckey/Knight backcourt and a Munroe/Drummond frontcourt. If Austin Daye develops or Maggette is good Corey Maggette and not bad Corey Maggette this team could push a 1st or 2nd seed to 6 games in the first round.
2011-12 Record: 25-42, 10th in East
Key additions: Andre Drummond, Corey Maggette
Key Losses: Ben Gordon
Payroll: $67.5 million –13th in the NBA
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