NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Season Preview

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorAugust 23, 2013

Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are on the rise this year.
Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are on the rise this year.USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons are more talented than they've been in years, but will it translate to a long-awaited playoff return?

Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings have put up gaudy, yet relatively inefficient and meaningless statistics throughout their young careers. Now that they're in Motown, can they thrive alongside budding big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond?

The roster still contains duplicitous remains of general manager Joe Dumars' previous "positionless" mistakes, so who are the full-time starters at both wing spots? Can rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope be the knockdown shooter this squad so badly needs, and will import Luigi Datome's impressive international resume translate domestically?

New coach Maurice Cheeks has his work cut out trying to manage a crowded frontcourt and a potentially cloudy backcourt while also wading through an Eastern Conference middle ground that's suddenly full of very decent teams.

B/R Team Stream editor Adam Nofflett joins NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association. 

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We look at the best and worst of the Pistons' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Detroit's keys to a successful year while predicting its final standing.


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