Players Who Must Step Up for the Detroit Pistons Next Season

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Players Who Must Step Up for the Detroit Pistons Next Season
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The Detroit Pistons need Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight to make big strides this season.

The Detroit Pistons won just 29 games in 2012-13 and have spent four consecutive years in the lottery, but they have their sights set on making the playoffs this season.

GM Joe Dumars didn't stand pat this offseason.  Instead, he made a splash in free agency by signing Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups, who have a combined 185 games of playoff experience between them.

Those two alone won't be enough to get the Pistons into the postseasonthey'll need to see big improvements from their returning players. Their former lottery picks will be expected to play major minutes at a high level. 

With the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks getting significantly worse this summer, there are definitely playoff spots to be had in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons will need several big-time performances in 2013-14 if they expect to earn one.

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