The Detroit Pistons look like they are finally set to rise from the ashes.
It was a season to forget in Detroit last season, as the Pistons once again did not make it to the playoffs and instead finished near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Stan Van Gundy did not do well in his first season as head coach, but everybody knew that with this roster, not a lot could be done. During the offseason, the Pistons managed to acquire good players who can help them reach the postseason for the first time since 2008-09.The Pistons acquired Marcus Morris, Danny Granger, Reggie Bullock and Ersan Ilyasova – all high-quality role players. Morris and Ilyasova will definitely help the offense, known for their ability to knock down mid-range shots. Granger should also be a good addition to the squadbut for his veteran leadership and presence in the locker room.
Aron Baynes was taken to replace the hole left by Greg Monroe . Baynes received a three-year, $20 million contract. It may be expensive given his skill set, although he is a decent big man who could play good defense and block shots.
Everyone expects Andre Drummond to continue improving and return a lot better than he was during last year’s campaign. It cannot be argued that he will be the main building block of the Pistons. Given his solid numbers during the 2014-15 campaign, this may be a breakout for the big man, as he has what it takes to become a star.
Although the Pistons added quality players during the offseason, the signing of Reggie Jackson to a five-year contract worth $80 million was highly questionable. There is no doubt that Jackson is a good player, but he isn’t one who should receive this amount of money. He still has a lot to improve and is definitely not a player whom a team should built around. It is not so much about the money but more about the responsibilities he will have to take especially after being named as one of the team’s best players. The former Thunder guard has yet to showthe leadership the Pistons are looking for and that could pose to be a big problem during the next season.
The Pistons look like a very promising team, but it is doubtful if they have what it takes to reach the playoffs. How the new additions turn out will be a crucial part of whether Detroit can finish among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.