The Detroit Pistons are a classic example of a team that enjoyed a surprising run of success, then followed that up with some really bad personnel decisions. Those decisions quickly sent the team to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, where they have bottomed out over the past two seasons.
For starters, they got rid of the wrong guy (Chauncey Billups), kept the wrong guy (Richard Hamilton) and overpaid for just about everyone that they picked up in free agency. Even the once-promising Tayshaun Prince has been badly hobbled by injuries, leading to uncertainty about what the team will do with him now that he is poised to become a free agent in the near future.
The Pistons already have over $48 million in salaries on the books for next season, with another $41 million for the season after. This team has a ways to go but the rebuilding process has already begun.
What can be expected from each relevant player this year? For the purposes of this article, I will assume that the opening day roster will be the same as the one the Pistons ended last season with. Also, the players will be listed in no particular order.