The Detroit Pistons seem to have been the most talked about team in the NBA all summer long. Signing a new coach, bringing in four major free agents, and making three rookies active on the roster for the first time since the 1980's.
The Pistons have come from only having about a seven man team last season, to being able to go as deep as an 11th man this season.
Detroit has an unbelievable amount of talent in the guard position now including Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Rip Hamilton, and newly acquired Ben Gordon. With Rip and Ben Gordon both averaging 18 points per game, Stuckey getting better and better each game, and Bynum with his quickness and defensive pressure, almost makes this guard position unstoppable.
Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell share their Forward position with Charlie Villanueva, Deron Washington, and rookies Austin Daye, Dajuan Summers, and Jonas Jerebko. Prince and Maxiell can provide a lot of defensive pressure, and some spark on the offensive end. Villanueva is a great scorer, has a long range shot, and can drive it in with confidence. Deron Washington has showed in summer league that he provides impressive defensive pressure as well. Austin Daye lacks size, but plays with a lot of heart. He has a long range shot and is not afraid to post up. Dajuan Summers has a perfect NBA build, and has the ability to drive it in the lane no matter who is in his path. Jonas Jerebko is great for getting boards, posting up, and shows that he has a lot to prove.
At the center position, the Pistons have returning Kwame Brown, along with Chris Wilcox, and once again, Ben Wallace. Kwame was not very impressive last year, but on some nights he is able to provide great defensive pressure in the post, and has the ability to block shots. Chris Wilcox has been struggling the last couple years with Oklahoma City, but overall he is tough on defense, fights for the boards, and can give you around 12 points on a good night. Ben Wallace may not be the same player as he was back in 2004, but still has that fearful defensive presence. He will fight to block any shot, and is not afraid to defend anyone in the post.
Overall, the Pistons have an amazing amount of talent on the offensive end, and will provide a lot of excitement, and a lot of scoring. It's the defensive end where the Pistons need to work on.
So with all the new talent, and the few returning Pistons. Who is going to play the starting roll?
From the way it looks, Rodney Stuckey, and Rip Hamilton will be starting at the guard positions, with Ben Gordon and Will Bynum coming off the bench.
The Forward position will probably be played by Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva, with Jason Maxiell, and a mixture of Austin Daye, Dajuan Summers, and Jonas Jerebko coming off the bench.
Kwame Brown will probably play the starting roll at Center. Chris Wilcox will probably get most playing minutes off the bench, and Ben Wallace will probably be used when the Pistons need hard defense in close games.
It seems with all the new talent, the Pistons are on there way to a new era. With all the talent, and a much yonger team, the Pistons seem to be right around the corner from another NBA Championship.
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