After a very active offseason, the Detroit Pistons are preparing for a season with serious aspirations of finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2008.
With a lottery pick and nearly $20 million in cap space, general manager Joe Dumars spent the summer acquiring young players capable of improving the team immediately, thereby speeding up the rebuilding process.
Now the Pistons have their sights set on making the playoffs in a top-heavy Eastern Conference. With the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks overhauling their rosters, the final three playoff spots from a year ago are up for grabs.
Even with all their moves, the Pistons are not a lock for a spot. In addition to all the new faces on the roster, they have a new coach, Maurice Cheeks, with new offensive and defensive systems. There will inevitably be a learning curve with one of the youngest rosters in the NBA.
To make the playoffs, they will need big performances from returning players and new acquisitions alike in order to live up to their potential.