This offseason the Detroit Pistons brought in six new players to fill a variety of roles, from starters to end-of-the-bench types.
New coach and team president Stan Van Gundy was aggressive in the free-agent market, finding players to address their biggest weakness in 2013-14: perimeter shooting. At a 32.1 percent mark from beyond the arc, only the Philadelphia 76ers were worse than the Pistons. As a coach who routinely played four perimeter threats at a time while with the Orlando Magic, Van Gundy made sure to address their shortcoming.
''From a skill standpoint on the perimeter, shooting was our primary focus, to the point that there really wasn't anybody we were interested in that wasn't a very good range shooter,'' said Van Gundy to Yahoo. ''We really wanted to change that.''
The strength of the team is on the interior with Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. The improved outside shooting should open more space for the three bigs to operate down low and minimize the frequency of opponents double-teaming them on the block.
Training camp will determine whether or not a couple of the signings find themselves in the starting lineup, but there's no doubt that several of the new players—listed alphabetically—will play significant roles for the Pistons this season.