I participated in today’s 5-on-5 at ESPN on the Eastern Conference, and I was the only panelist to answer a question with the Pistons (though Israel Gutierrez of ESPN also gave them an honorable mention:
3. Which team are you most excited to watch in the East in 2013-14?
Feldman: Detroit Pistons. I might be a bit biased, but as the league has gone small, I’ve been waiting for more teams to counter with big lineups. Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond might get in the way of each other, or they might redefine how to worship small ball. New coach Maurice Cheeks has been given an opportunity to look like a genius, though he’ll certainly have to earn the label — because the potential pitfalls are just as great, if not greater.
Gutierrez: Wizards. It’s a tough call, but I’m always looking for new and exciting. And with Wall coming into the season healthy, Beal, Porter and a quality frontcourt, the Wizards should be fun. And they might win. Also receiving votes: the Pistons’ frontcourt. The Nets’ chemistry experiment. And, of course, Derrick Rose‘s team, starring Derrick Rose.