If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make an important jump up the standings, contemplate the Detroit Pistons.
Although Detroit returns the vast majority of a roster that won just 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 he sees a way to succeed by matching playing style and wherever he moves. It is him, if anyone can sort out the frontcourt jumble and backcourt ineptitude in Detroit.
That is not to say there won’t be significant hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will probably be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith combination–even when they perform fewer moments together–has attained’don’t hope until you see them perform great basketball things status.'”
Jennings and smith are commodities that are harmful indeed. Both can shoot on their team from games if not managed. For the Pistons Van Gundy might have to rein both while also getting more from the rest of the roster–man-child Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in particular.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this team will be in business. And by business, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.
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