Consider the Detroit Pistons if you’re searching for an Eastern Conference team that might make a significant leap up the standings.
Although Detroit yields the vast majority of a roster which won only 29 games a year ago (also Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s advent as commanding officer will include discipline and structure.
We know SVG wins that he sees a way to be successful by fitting playing style to personnel and where he goes. It’s him, if anyone can sort out the frontcourt mess and backcourt ineptitude in Detroit.
That’s not to say there won’t be major hurdles, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This group will be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith combination–even if they play fewer minutes together–has reached’don’t trust until you see them do great basketball things standing.'”
Smith and Jennings are commodities . Both can take their team out of games if not managed. For the Pistons Van Gundy might need to rein both while also getting more from the remainder of the roster–Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond that is man-child particularly.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this team will be in business. And by business, I mean someplace at or marginally above .500.
Let’s not get too crazy.
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