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Detroit Pistons Team Overview
2012-13 record: 29-53
Fourth place, Central Division
Did not make the playoffs

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

Round: 2

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas of Strength
The core of this team resides up front, with big man Greg Monroe as a double-double machine and promising Andre Drummond as the center who will allow Monroe to move full-time to power forward. The Pistons need to play them together more than they did in Drummond's rookie season. Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler, who had an encouraging rookie season, also bolster the front line.

Needs Work
Brandon Knight isn't the answer at point guard, apparently. His second-year performance was flat compared to his 2011-12 rookie year and his best minutes came playing off the ball. The backcourt overall is in need, with Rodney Stuckey probably due for a change, and Jose Calderon and Will Bynum hitting free agency. Playmaking and outside shooting are in short supply.

Two Stats That Matter
46.5 -- Only Denver (58.0) averaged more points in the paint this season than the Pistons, whose average was up 5.1 ppg from 2011-12.

3 -- The number of players who averaged at least 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game in 2012-13: Golden State's David Lee, Atlanta's Al Horford and Pistons big man Greg Monroe.

The Way To Go
All signs point to perimeter help with the No. 8 pick, based both on Detroit's needs and the distribution of talent in this year's draft class. Someone such as Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum or Indiana's Victor Oladipo could help the Pistons quickly. And yet basketball boss Joe Dumars said he wouldn't ignore talent for the frontcourt if too many desirable wing players are off the board by his club's pick.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 100.9 (22nd)
Defensive: 105.6 (23rd)

Under Contract
C: Greg Monroe
C: Viacheslav Kravtsov
F: Andre Drummond
F: Jonas Jerebko
F: Charlie Villanueva
F: Kyle Singler
F: Khris Middleton
G: Rodney Stuckey
G: Brandon Knight
G: Kim English

Free Agents
G: Jose Calderon
G: Will Bynum
G/F: Corey Maggette
F: Jason Maxiell

Recent Draft History
2012: Andre Drummond (9), Khris Middleton (39), Kim English (44)
2011: Brandon Knight (8), Kyle Singler (33), Vernon Macklin (52)
2010: Greg Monroe (7), Terrico White (36)
2009: Austin Daye (15), DaJuan Summers (35), Jonas Jerebko (39), Chase Budinger (44)
2008: D.J. White (29)
2007: Rodney Stuckey (15), Arron Afflalo (27), Sammy Mejia (57)
2006: Will Blalock (60)


-- Steve Aschburner