Contemplate the Detroit Pistons if you’re looking for an Eastern Conference team that might make a significant jump up the standings.
Although Detroit returns the vast majority of a roster that won just 29 games per year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s arrival as controlling officer will include discipline and structure.
We understand SVG wins he sees a way to be successful by matching playing style and wherever he goes. It’s him, if anyone can sort out the jumble and backcourt ineptitude in Detroit.
That is not to say there won’t be major hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will be frisky, however the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith mix –even if they play fewer minutes together–has reached’don’t trust until you see them do great basketball things standing.'”
Smith and Jennings are commodities that are dangerous really. Both can take their team from games if not handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy might need to rein both in while also getting more from the rest of the roster–Greg Monroe and man-child Andre Drummond in particular.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this group will be in company. And by business, I mean someplace at or slightly above .500.
Let’s not get too crazy.
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