The Detroit Pistons tabulated a paltry 25-41 record and showcased a team that isn’t entertaining to watch; the record is expected with a team that is rebuilding. This is much of the reason why the casual fan has no clue who Greg Monroe is, the Detroit Pistons are just….MEH. With that being said, what can Pistons fans expect out of the team in 2012-2013?
Key Additions: Corey Maggette, Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton, Kyle Singler
Key Losses: Ben Gordon
Projected Lineup: Greg Monroe (C), Jonas Jerebko (PF), Tayshaun Prince (SF), Rodney Stuckey (SG), Brandon Knight (PG)
Greg Monroe is a player that should get more attention than he does, but once again that has to do with the fact he isn’t on a team that is as watched like division rival, the Indiana Pacers. Don’t misinterpret what I am saying, Monroe is a big man, with a fundamental-type game, and has impeccable smarts. He should improve his defensive impact this season — as he’s an effective scorer without the flash – and I hope to see him win the Most Improved Player award as well.
Andre Drummond needs to add polish to his repertoire as he’s physically gifted, but he can only do that if he gets burn in Detroit. He needs on-the-job-training and it’s been reported that Monroe may get some time in at the power forward position, so that Drummond can effectively learn the center position. They have a talented player in Drummond, it’s getting him to hone in on his craft and that can only be done through actual play time.
Expectations: Perhaps, they will be a tad better than last year; they will win a few more games, but unless something mind-boggling awesome happens, it’s more of the same for Pistons fans. I can almost bet that Greg Monroe has a breakout year and the casual fan begins noticing him, but other than that, mediocrity will still rule Detroit.
Prediction: 33-49; no playoffs.