With the addition of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, this will be a much improved Pistons squad for 2013-2014.
The betting odds have the Pistons listed at 41 wins and that’s one of the largest increases out of the NBA teams in which their total was 32.5 last season.
Billups is Back!
Point guard Chauncey Billups is back with the team that he led to an NBA Championship. At 37 years of age, there hasn’t been much dropoff in Billups’ game; the problem is his ability to stay on the court.
In his last 2 seasons, he’s only played 42 games and averaged just 8.4 points in 19 minutes per game last season. Chauncey Billups is a court general that can turn this team back into a winner. He get’s other players involved and is one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA. If Billups stay’s healthy, the Pistons will have a monster season.
Getting the Support
Greg Monroe is listed as a power forward, but he’s been playing the center position for most of his career with Detroit. Monroe has been carrying this team on his back, averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds for the past 2 seasons. He’s a big man with a soft touch. Some people would consider him a bit soft and undersized to play center, but with a new improved Pistons team, look for Monroe to have a lot of offensive opportunities with Jennings and Billups feeding him the basketball.
Josh Smith could be considered Detroit’s key acquisition; this player is a game-changer when he takes good shots. Smith is a high energy player that can be a big-time scorer and rebounder. Chauncey Billups should make Josh Smith a much better player as he plays in a controlled half court style game. Smith has all of the talent in the world. The one question about him is putting up bad shots when pressured. On a team like this, the responsibility won’t totally rest upon Smith’s shoulders and we could see him average 20 points per game in a style of play that brings out his strengths.
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The Pistons will no longer have a shortage in offense as they ranked 22nd in the NBA in points last season and another key acquisition is guard Brandon Jennings. Along with Monta Ellis, who has moved to the Dallas Mavericks, Brandon Jennings and Ellis formed one of the strongest backcourts in the league when they played for Milwaukee last season.
This season, he get’s to play in the Pistons backcourt, which can use some consistent offense from a healthy player. Last season, Jennings played 80 games while averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. Along with Josh Smith, Jennings will make this team a winner after a long drought as a bottom-feeder.
Know Your Role!
With veterans such as Kyle Singler, Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, and Charlie Villanueva, this is a team with great depth for our NBA picks. If Billups or another key player does go down with an injury, there’s plenty of backup to pick up the slack.
Detroit also did very well for themselves in the NBA Draft as they picked up 1st rounder Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Peyton Siva. Pope is the headliner here, but Siva is not to be overlooked as he led the Louisville Cardinals to a national championship and shut down Duke in the Final Four.
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This is a team that’s done a 360 and turned themselves into a contender. The sky is the limit for a team with a ton of key new additions to their squad this season. Look for big things from the Pistons.