The Detroit Pistons are looking to make noise in the East in 2013. Fans around the NBA might scoff at the idea of the lowly Pistons being competitive again, but it's not as far-fetched as they might think.
Detroit is poised for a breakout year . The Pistons have made made progress in their rebuilding efforts and many experts predict that the Pistons are on the rise. In fact, they moved up six spots to No. 22 on ESPN's Future Power Rankings.
They've got a long way to go to compete against the Miami Heats of the world. However, with a young core of promising players, at least there's optimism in Motown again.
Everybody knows about Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond. Their play, and continued improvement, is key for the Pistons' ascension.
The team's success in the upcoming season might be more closely tied to the emergence of several other players, though. These "X-Factors" have the ability to tip the scales in the Pistons favor with their play.
Here are five such players who's impact could make the upcoming season the Pistons' most successful since 2008.