The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Detroit Pistons are looking to make the post season for the first time since the 2008-2009 season and the team has made some interesting off season moves that can bring them closer to that goal.
The Pistons found a way to lock in two major free agents with the acquisition of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. Two players that have near All-Star capabilities have left their teams to join forces in Detroit. Jennings is coming off of a career year where he scored 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. While Smith is coming into this season off of career highs as well with 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds of his own.
Former NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups has also returned to Detroit in what may be his final stop as an active player. At 36 years old there are questions around how much he will be able to contribute, but he has the ability to offer leadership at key points in the year.
Unfortunately for the Pistons, beyond these three players there are still some holes in this roster.
The Pistons need additional help at the shooting guard position. Currently, Kyle Singler is the only individual at this position with any experience as he was able to average 8.8 points last season but that is no where near enough to be effective at this position. The same could be said for the power forward position where Charlie Villanueva is the player with the most experience at this position.
This will be an interesting year for the Detroit Pistons. They made roster moves that can help them towards more success than the 29-53 record that they closed out last season with. Jennings, Smith and Billups will have to come together and lead a roster that doesn't have much star power beyond the developing Greg Monroe. This roster has the foundation to get this team into the post season, but it will be a test that could lead up to the last week of the year.
Projected Starting Lineup
Brandon Jennings – PG: 17.5 PPG, 6.5 APG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG: NBA Rookie
Josh Smith – SF: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG
Charlie Villanueva – PF: 6.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG
Greg Monroe – C: 16.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG
Projected Season Finish
8th in the Eastern Conference