Can the New-Look Detroit Pistons Contend in the Eastern Conference?

Eric YarmolukCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  (L-R) Arron Afflalo #28, Tayshaun Prince #22 and Walter Herrmann #5 of the Detroit Pistons sit on the bench in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons made some big moves this offseason instead of waiting until 2010 when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and others all become free agents.

They started off big, signing Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. Then they went off on a trade to pick up Fabricio Oberto from the San Antonio Spurs.

In the draft, they picked up forwards Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko, and DaJuan Summers, who are all proving themselves in the NBA Summer League that they can compete with the big boys.

Joe Dumars signed John Kuester as the new head coach after not being able to come to an agreement financially with Avery Johnson. Then, most recently, they signing center Chris Wilcox from New York Knicks.

So with all of these additions, the Pistons go from being one of the oldest teams in the league to one of the youngest, and once again have a deep bench like they did a couple years ago. It is also very questionable of what the starting lineup is going to be.

The Pistons have a very talented squad, with a lot of scoring threats, but not much defense. Which basically will make us the Phoenix Suns of the East. So there should be a lot of excitement, and a lot of scoring being done this season for the Pistons.

But with picking up all these players, can the Pistons contend with the Cavaliers and Celtics?

Well, start with Boston. Being able to capture Rasheed Wallace and putting him behind Kevin Garnett gave the Celtics a huge boost and will make them a threat to any team.

The Cavs added Shaq. With the big man and LeBron, it is hard to think of any team that can contend with them.

The Pistons may still have a little bit of rebuilding to do, but they’ll have a chance to make a run to the finals with all the scoring threats they have.

It will be a tough run, and a very exciting season, and hopefully Kuester and the Pistons can bring home a championship within the next couple years.