The Detroit Pistons will get their preseason started today in Little Caesar’s Arena vs. the Phoenix Suns.
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It will be Monty Williams’ first game as head coach and first shot at his old team, as Williams was fired by the Suns before the Pistons made him the highest-paid coach in the league.
The game will mark the return of Cade Cunningham, which Pistons fans have been waiting for since the 12th game of last season.
Aside from Cade, there are plenty of other storylines fans are interested to see as the 2023-23 season tips off.
You expect some sloppy basketball in the preseason, especially in the first game, but it’s something the Pistons need to overcome.
They played hard last season, but were often undisciplined and made youthful errors, something we hope to see reduced right away. Detroit needs to limit turnovers, stop fouling so much and reduce the number of mental lapses they have on defense.
Monty Williams has stressed that his young team needs to play with more poise, and has implemented a few things in practice to test that.
Getting Cade Cunningham back will help, as will the addition of Monte Morris in the backcourt. But the Pistons need smarter, more disciplined basketball from everyone, especially Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren, James Wiseman and Killian Hayes, who were all guilty of taking risks on defense that led to easy buckets last season.