Detroit Pistons: 200-1

If you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a leap up the standings, contemplate the Detroit Pistons.
Although Detroit yields the vast majority of a roster that won only 29 games a year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s arrival as controlling officer will include structure and discipline.
We understand SVG wins he sees a way to succeed by matching playing style and where he moves. It is him, if anyone can sort out backcourt ineptitude and the jumble in Detroit.
That’s not to say there won’t be significant hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of »Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will probably be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith mix –even when they perform fewer moments together–has reached’don’t hope until you see them do great basketball things status.’ »
Jennings and smith are commodities indeed. Both can shoot on their staff from games if not exactly handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy might need to rein both in while also getting more from the remainder of the roster–Andre Drummond that is man-child and Greg Monroe particularly.
If Drummond gives Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this team will be in business. And by company, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.

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