Detroit Pistons: 200-1

Consider the Detroit Pistons, if you’re looking for an Eastern Conference team which may make a significant leap up the standings.
Though Detroit yields the great majority of a roster which won just 29 games a year ago (plus Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s arrival as controlling officer will add discipline and structure.
We know SVG wins he finds a way by fitting playing style to be successful and wherever he goes. It’s him, if anyone can sort out the jumble and backcourt ineptitude in Detroit.
That’s not to say there will not be significant hurdles, based on Zach Lowe of Grantland.com:”Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach. This team will probably be frisky, but the Brandon Jennings–Josh Smith combination–even if they play fewer minutes together–has reached’do not hope until you see them do good basketball things status.'”
Jennings and smith are harmful commodities indeed. Both can take their team out of games if not handled. For the Pistons Van Gundy might need to rein both while also getting more from the rest of the roster–Greg Monroe and man-child Andre Drummond in particular.
If Drummond provides Van Gundy a passable Dwight Howard impersonation (circa 2009), this team will be in business. And by business, I mean above .500.
Let’s not get crazy.

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