After the first couple Pistons season previews on national sites were less than flattering, I assumed that would be a trend. But check out what Zack Lowe of Sports Illustrated had to say:
Did you know the Pistons had a better offense last season, in terms of points per possession, than Boston, Memphis, Philadelphia and Atlanta? Detroit turned into a decent scoring team, and though it couldn’t guard anyone (especially inside), I’ll admit a fondness for the wacky pieces here, even with all the positional overlap. The Pistons got fair value on Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince, and they’ll provide some stability — on movable contracts — as all the young guys (Brandon Knight, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, Greg Monroe) develop.
Monroe should improve as a pick-and-roll defender as he learns passing angles, and it will be fun to see how new head coach Lawrence Frank mixes up his personnel. Frank has historically improved his team’s defense, and if he can manage that here without any regression on the other end, Detroit should be a decent team by the end of the season.
Lowe categorized the Pistons in his “Lottery Bound – Fun Division” grouping of teams. I’ll take that. And after two preseason games, although I have no illusions that the team will be very good this year, I am excited by the creativity Lawrence Frank is showing with his lineups.
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