ESPN released its updated future power rankings – rating how each team will rate in the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons – and the Pistons rose from No. 22 to No. 20. Chad Ford:
20. Detroit Pistons | Future Power Rating: 558
PLAYERS 283 (17th)
MANAGEMENT 69 (22nd)
MONEY 131 (5th)
MARKET 20 (28th)
DRAFT 56 (13th)
The Pistons continue to be mired in the 20s despite a string of great draft choices the past few years.
Their Players score rose dramatically this time, from 26 to 17, thanks in large part to the impressive rookie season of Andre Drummond, who at 19 years old looks like a potential star. With Drummond, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight, they have mined three straight gems outside of the top five of the draft. If they can land another at No. 8 overall this year, they’ll have a terrific young core.
The team also has, for the first time in a while, money to spend. After suffering some serious buyer’s remorse the last time they had tons of cap space (remember Ben Gordonand Charlie Villanueva?), expect the Pistons to be much more cautious this time around.
Overall, our ranking might be a bit pessimistic. Despite some lean years, Detroit is now one, maybe two young pieces away from competing for the playoffs. If they can continue finding young talent, this is probably the last time the Pistons are in the 20s for a while.
Or maybe the Pistons will miss in this draft, send a low lottery pick to the Bobcats next year and fail to add young talent this year or next. Really, it could go either way.