Last season the Detroit Pistons won 25 games. That might not seem like a lot, but in a lockout-shortened year, that was good enough to give them their highest winning percentage in three years.
Needless to say, the Pistons have improved and expectations are high for 2013.
The fact that the Pistons are now competitive enough for people to even have expectations is saying something about how far this franchise has come. The team that once went to the Eastern Conference finals for six years straight in the 2000's had an abrupt fall from grace.
The last four years were dismal and wins have been hard to come by.
That could all change this year. Last season the Pistons finished strong, and they have a handful of young and exciting players to watch.
How good can they be? That remains to be seen. 2013 will likely be a year of continued growth as young players mature and team cohesiveness develops.
They're clearly not ready for the NBA Finals, but here are some realistic expectations for the upcoming season.