4. Detroit Pistons – 25-41 (2011-12)
This year’s Detroit Pistons might be the surprise wildcard pick for a playoff spot in the East. With young guns like Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe coming into their own, this is a team looking to take the next step. Tayshaun Prince is in the final leg of his career and Ben Wallace has retired, so expect to see the youth movement take over in Motown.
The Pistons took a chance on UConn product, Andre Drummond but have not seen great things from him this preseason. Despite his raw talent, expectations are high for the 19-year old man-child.
This team has played with each other for some time now. Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva are used to playing with each other so this new group of young guys should revitalize the familiar group of core players.
Key Players: Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe
Key Additions: Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Corey Maggette
Key Departures: Ben Gordon, Ben Wallace
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