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Detroit Pistons: 5 Players Who Must Step Up In 2013-14

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Detroit Pistons: 5 Players Who Must Step Up In 2013-14

Greg Monroe
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For the Detroit Pistons, 2012-13 was another season added to the list of seasons to forget, as the team struggled heavily again all year long on the way to a 29-53 record and another year missing the playoffs.

The team struggled in all phases of the game, from not having an identity on offense to not being able to shut hardly anyone down all season long.

So heading into the 2013-14 season, the front office knew they had to make some moves to try and bring this once storied franchise back into the national spotlight, and they did just that.

Out was head coach Lawrence Frank and in came new head coach Maurice Cheeks, who was an assistant in Oklahoma City. Cheeks looks to bring a new intensity to this dull Pistons squad and liven up the locker room.

As for players, the Pistons made some interesting moves, but they are still moves that overall improve the quality of this basketball team. They brought in free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, as well as Chauncey Billups.

While the Pistons may have brought in some talented free agents, there are still a number of players on the current roster who need to step up in order for this team to be competitive in the improving Central Division.

If these players can improve their quality of play, the Pistons just might be able to make a splash this year and find their way back into the playoff picture, something Pistons fans are eager to see.

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5. Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko
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Jerebko’s career has been plagued by injuries since he arrived in Detroit. Despite putting up solid minutes last season, the team needs to see more of a spark from him off the bench.

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4. Will Bynum

Will Bynum
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Will Bynum needs to be more productive in his role as a backup point guard. It is a crucial role for any NBA team to have, and he needs to show leadership and create opportunities for others.

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3. Kyle Singler

Kyle Singler
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Kyle Singler has a very limited skill set as an NBA basketball player, but the Pistons need him to score when coming off the bench. His shooting must improve in order for this team to be effective.

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2. Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe
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Greg Monroe is a starter and he is a good one, but it seems like he has hit his ceiling a little too early for being a former first round pick. Monroe needs to lock in this year and be a force down low, game in and game out.

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1. Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings
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While he has yet to play a single minute for the Pistons organization, Brandon Jennings needs to improve his entire game to be a legitimate point guard for the Pistons. He has been known to be a ball hog, something that can’t happen at this level. He is incredibly talented, but needs to be a better team player than he was in Milwaukee.