Back again for the Offseason Breakdown blog, now onto the Detroit Pistons. I’ll write about what the Pistons did in the offseason, the teams starting 5, strengths and weaknesses, and how I think the Pistons will do this season. Let’s start.
Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Glen Robinson III signs a 1 year $4 million contract
Zaza Pachulia signs a 1 year $2 million contract
The Pistons didn’t do much this offseason as they traded their first round pick for Blake Griffin and all there money is in Griffin, Drummond, and Jackson. So these were the only two notable signings by the Pistons. Both will be coming off the bench, but Robinson is a good player.
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Reggie Bullock
SF: Stanley Johnson
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Andre Drummond
So the biggest strength this season for the Pistons is that they will have Blake Griffin for the full season. I think the combo of Griffin and Drummond will be very fun to see and the two this season will get the Pistons a playoff seed. Also signing Dwane Casey as the new head coach is making the right moves for the franchise as he is a pretty good coach.
Like I said before, the Pistons have a lot of their money locked up into 3 players. Not good for a team that can make playoffs. Any playoff team needs more then 2-3 good options if they want to be considered a contender. So when you have players like Ish Smith, Luke Kennard,and Zaza Pachulia coming off the bench, I really don’t see this team doing much. My Idea is that Reggie Jackson has 2 more years left, and I think they should either trade him during the season and get some good assets to help the team, or trade him next offseason in order to get rid of some cap.
Offseason Grade: D
Prediction: The Pistons are going to be a playoff team this season as they will have Blake Griffin for the full season
and the Eastern Conference just keeps getting worse every year. I say the Pistons will finish 6th in the Eastern Conference.
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