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2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 29-53
PCT .354
DIV 8-8
CONF 25-27
HOME 18-23
ROAD 11-30
Detroit needs to play Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe up front, has to play newly acquired Josh Smith -- and has to pray Smith doesn't go perimeter-crazy.
Brandon Jennings might be motivated enough by slaps from the free-agent market and his trade to harness and push his considerable talents. Chauncey Billups is insurance.
Monroe could be a bigger factor, but his overall game has been on a plateau. Smith's vast athletic ability isn't on display consistently enough on defense either.
Billups gives the Pistons maturity that had been badly lacking. How hard rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope pushes Rodney Stuckey is very much in Stuckey's hands.
Maurice Cheeks gives Detroit a so-called player's coach who could smooth some wrinkles in the locker room. He had hoped (but failed) to add Lionel Hollins as a top lieutenant.

There's been an influx of talent into Detroit that has the team and its fans eyeing a playoff berth for next spring. That's realistic enough, with Boston, Atlanta and Milwaukee perhaps taking steps down from the East's top eight. Jennings and Smith might be ready to settle in to the established phases of their careers.

Frankly, the Pistons would be further along if Monroe and Drummond had logged more minutes together last season. Now that on-the-job teamwork by the bigs will be complicated with new, ball-demanding pieces in Smith and Jennings. Outside shooting is a challenge here, too, with only import Gigi Datome and, depending on his minutes, rookie Caldwell-Pope posing deep threats.

-- Steve Aschburner

2012-13 Team Stats
Offense Defense
100.9 105.6
22nd Overall 23rd Overall