The NBA season is approaching like a freight train from Hades, and expectations are steadily trending upwards for NBA franchises.
And while teams like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder circle the month of June for their prospective chance at the title, teams like the Detroit Pistons have much more conservative hopes and dreams. For Detroit specifically, the goal is making the playoffs for the first time in three years.
The Pistons and their fans have reason to be cautiously optimistic as the team finally started to come together at the end of last year, scratching their way back from oblivion to circle around the .500 mark down the stretch.
But this year, mediocrity won't be good enough. The Pistons have improved a number of problem areas from a year ago, namely the front court, and there is reason to believe that maybe this year will be better than the last (apologies to the Counting Crows).
Here are the individual player power rankings heading into the preseason.