'Coming Up' - Detroit Pistons (Nov. 24)

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This continues a series previewing the Nets' games against young teams "Coming Up" during the 2013-14 NBA season.

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BROOKLYN—While the top of the Eastern Conference kept cores intact, several other squads made major moves, with the Pistons notably adding point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Josh Smith to a developing roster that already included big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The lengthy frontline, which is complemented by rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, could prove to present problems for opponents once they figure out floor spacing and iron out their defensive communication.

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Here's a look at the projected lineups:

Brooklyn Nets PG Detroit Pistons
  Shaun Livingston   Brandon Jennings  
Filling in for injured starter Deron Williams, Nets point guard Livingston has stepped up to run the offense while also showcasing some of the explosivness thought to be lost following a devastating knee injury. Jennings joined the Pistons in a sign-and-trade deal this summer, chipping in more than 16 points, 7 assists and a steal per game while tossing spectacular assists to the Pistons' athletic bigs.


  SG  
  Joe Johnson   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
Johnson, who hit yet another game-winning shot recently, first began that run with a last-second three against the Pistons– in double-overtime – last December. Rookie Caldwell-Pope, drafted out of Georgia after winning SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore, has slipped into the starter's role and provides yet more athleticism on the floor for Detroit.


  SF  
  Paul Pierce   Josh Smith  
Settling in as the No. 2 option for Brooklyn, Pierce has provided marksmanship and a steadying presence. Smith joined the Pistons after nine seasons in Atlanta, and has continued filling up the stat sheet, averaging more than 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals.


  PF  
  Kevin Garnett   Greg Monroe  
Garnett, a power forward who has occasionally played center, will face off against Monroe, a center learning to play power forward alongside towering teammate Andre Drummond. Garnett's defense could complicate things for Monroe, though the Pistons' big is a capable passer.


  C  
  Andray Blatche   Andre Drummond  
Blatche, announced Sunday as the starter for the second time this season, has averaged 10 points off the bench and will matche up with the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Drummond. Drummond has built upon the solid foundation of his rookie season, averaging a 12-12 double-double with more than 3.0 combined steals and blocks per game.



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Alan Anderson
Reggie Evans
Mason Plumlee
  Rodney Stuckey
Kyle Singler
Will Bynum
The Nets' deep bench has shown their varied skill sets throughout the early season, subbing for injured starters and outplaying opposing second units. For the Pistons, Stuckey is an explosive sixth man, chipping in more than 14 points off the bench. Singler brings a normally sweet shot to both swing positions, and Bynum can capably helm the bench squad while harrassing opposing PGs with his high-energy play.
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