If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team which may make a significant leap contemplate the Detroit Pistons.
Although Detroit returns the vast majority of a roster that won just 29 games per year ago (plus Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as controlling officer will add structure and discipline.
We know SVG wins that he sees a way by fitting playing style to staff to succeed and where he goes. It is him if anyone can sort out backcourt ineptitude and the jumble in Detroit.
That’s not to say there will not be major 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 combination–even if they play fewer moments together–has reached’don’t hope until you see them do good basketball things standing.'»
Jennings and smith are commodities that are dangerous really. Both can take their team out of games if not precisely handled. For the Pistons to make sound, Van Gundy will have to rein those two while also getting more from the remainder 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 team will be in company. And by business, I mean somewhere at or slightly above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.
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