Detroit Pistons: 200-1
Contemplate the Detroit Pistons, if you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a leap up the standings.
Though Detroit yields the great majority of a roster which won just 29 games a year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as controlling officer will add discipline and structure.
We understand SVG wins he finds a way by fitting playing style to personnel to succeed and wherever he moves. If anyone can sort out backcourt ineptitude and the jumble in Detroit, it is him.
That is not to say there won’t be major hurdles, based on Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This team will probably be frisky, however the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith mix –even if they play fewer minutes together–has reached’don’t trust until you see them perform great basketball things standing.'”
Jennings and smith are commodities indeed. Both can shoot their staff out of games if not managed. For the Pistons Van Gundy might need to rein both while also getting more from the rest of the roster–Andre Drummond that is man-child and Greg Monroe particularly.
If Drummond provides 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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