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    Default 2019-2020 Detroit Pistons

    Tip off for the Pistons 2019-2020 preseason play on Monday. What are their prospects for returning to the playoffs? Last season they wheezed into the playoffs with a 41-41 record and were promptly blown away in four straight lopsided losses.

    Their all star core is intact and, seemingly, the bench and front line has been improved with the addition of former MVP Derrick Rose, Tony Snell, Markieff Morris, and their darkhorse first-round pick Sekou Doumbouya.

    Coach Casey is building more of a three-point shooting team with bigger beef off the bench to back up the twin towers of Griffin and Drummond. This team looks better, but are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowell View Post
    Tip off for the Pistons 2019-2020 preseason play on Monday. What are their prospects for returning to the playoffs? Last season they wheezed into the playoffs with a 41-41 record and were promptly blown away in four straight lopsided losses.

    Their all star core is intact and, seemingly, the bench and front line has been improved with the addition of former MVP Derrick Rose, Tony Snell, Markieff Morris, and their darkhorse first-round pick Sekou Doumbouya.

    Coach Casey is building more of a three-point shooting team with bigger beef off the bench to back up the twin towers of Griffin and Drummond. This team looks better, but are they?
    Much of the East, especially the top 4-5 teams, look like they have improved more than the Pistons. The Raptors obviously lost two key pieces but will be better than people think. For the Pistons, it will be more of the same. Try to keep Griffin, Jackson, and now Rose, healthy and squeak into the last playoff spot. Expect tons of empty seats again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 401don View Post
    Much of the East, especially the top 4-5 teams, look like they have improved more than the Pistons. The Raptors obviously lost two key pieces but will be better than people think. For the Pistons, it will be more of the same. Try to keep Griffin, Jackson, and now Rose, healthy and squeak into the last playoff spot. Expect tons of empty seats again.
    On paper, they look better. But games aren't won on paper. Health will be key, plus Drummond is going to have to show major improvement, on the offensive side as well as rim protection. I agree they will be fighting for a lower tier playoff spot with teams like Orlando, Miami, Atlanta and maybe the Bulls and Knicks.

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    I'm torn on this team. For the first time since Tayshaun Prince, they might have a real small forward (Snell) and bringing in Rose and Frazier immediately ensures that major minutes don't go to Jose Calderon in case of a PG injury. Plus, Drummond is in a contract year with plans to opt out and Reggie is healthy for the longest point in his Pistons career.

    On the other hand, the East got better, Griffin was unable to finish the season without injury and the team's shooting wasn't improved a ton (from a roster standpoint).

    I think we'll need a lot from Kennard and Bruce Brown to make something of this season, but it feels like we're headed for somewhere around the 7 seed. Hope I'm wrong!

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    Pistons are in both salary cap hell and .500 season mid-level draft choice hell. The kind of a situation where getting to the 6 spot and winning a first round playoff game or two will seem like a big success. Since they're not drawing any fans anyway for this mostly unexciting, mediocre, and aging team, perhaps a fire sale and a good tank year or two is in order.

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    They're still a middling team. 38-41 wins which is where they landed the past three seasons is probably what we'll see again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastsideAl View Post
    Pistons are in both salary cap hell and .500 season mid-level draft choice hell. The kind of a situation where getting to the 6 spot and winning a first round playoff game or two will seem like a big success. Since they're not drawing any fans anyway for this mostly unexciting, mediocre, and aging team, perhaps a fire sale and a good tank year or two is in order.
    I could see Derrick Rose "revitalizing" his career here for about a month and then going down with an injury.

    Blake Griffin...also going down with a long injury at some point. Last year's relative health was an anomaly in his career.

    Brown was a surprise and have a feeling he will continue to get better.

    But other than that...Kennard? Ok. Drummond? Overrated. Might be a long season. Hope I'm wrong

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    Pistons are only in salary cap hell for 1-2 more years, with Drummond, Griffin and Jackson all coming off the books. I think they'll try to re-sign Drummond, but I don't think tanking is the only option. Expiring deals are nice trade assets. And Josh Smith comes off the books after this season too.

    I've been very happy with what Stefanski has done with this roster despite those cap constraints (drafting Brown and Thomas, turning Leur into Snell, signing Rose and Frazier), so I won't let the sins of Dumars and SVG shape my opinion of this franchise's future ability to improve.

    I think the Pistons go 44-38.

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    My Question is How will the Pistons play? quite fine with a little improvement.

    Will they make the play-offs? Yes by getting 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.

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