Detroit Pistons: Predicting Final 15-Man Roster
Detroit Pistons: Predicting the Final 15-Man Roster
For the Detroit Pistons, the past few seasons have been an absolute embarrassment and also completely unacceptable for the proud Pistons fan base.
The team has not made the playoffs since 2009 and has gone through a complete rebuilding phase over the last four seasons, and it hasn’t gone as smoothly or as quickly as the fans would like.
This season, the Pistons will have quite a different look from what they have put on the floor over the past few seasons. They went out and hired new head coach Maurice Cheeks, who was an assistant coach in Oklahoma City and has received high praise from everyone around the league.
While getting a new coach was important, the Pistons desperately needed more talent, particularly scoring, on their roster. GM Joe Dumars, who has been ridiculed for his decision making in the past, finally decided to spend some money on quality talent.
The Pistons were able to bring in talented free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, who will look to add athleticism as well as scoring that has been lacking on the Pistons roster for quite some time. The Pistons also looked for scoring in the draft and went with shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who provides a serious 3-point threat for the Pistons.
While all these players are nice, they still haven’t played a game together yet, so nobody can predict how some of their personalities will mesh together, but there is no denying the athleticism and talent that Dumars has brought in.
Here is a prediction of who will be on the 15-man roster for Detroit in the 2013-2014 season.
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15. Charlie Villanueva
Villanueva is heading into his fifth season with the Pistons. He hasn't been the most productive player, but provides a 3-point threat coming off the bench late in games.
14. Josh Harrellson
Josh Harrellson is in his third year out of Kentucky and has spent most of his time bouncing around from team to team in the league. He probably won't see much time unless injuries occur.
13. Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell was a second-round pick for the Pistons in this past NBA Draft. A once highly-touted basketball player, Mitchell was a dominant player at North Texas. He performed well in the summer leagues this year, likely earning him a spot.
12. Kyle Singler
Kyle Singler might not be the most athletic or most polished basketball player, but his scrappy style of play somehow gets it done. He finds a way to get points off the bench every time he plays.
11. Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko has battled injuries quite a bit during his time with the Pistons, but has managed to be productive when he gets in. If he can stay healthy, expect good things off the bench.
10. Will Bynum
Will Bynum will play a crucial role of a point guard that comes of the bench to give breathers to Brandon Jennings and Chauncey Billups. Bynum can score the ball really well and is a tough player.
9. Luigi Datome
The Pistons signed Italian basketball star Luigi Datome this offseason as one of their many free agent pickups. He has great 3-point ability, something the Pistons desperately need.
8. Peyton Siva
Peyton Siva was great college player and all he did was win. His skill set doesn't seem like it will ever be the level of a starting NBA point guard, but he can be productive off the bench.
7. Rodney Stuckey
Rodney Stuckey enters his seventh season in Detroit and should be one of the better scoring options if he can put it all together, something that has eluded him since he joined the team.
6. Chauncey Billups
Chauncey is back to give it one more go in Detroit before he calls it a career for good. He will be entering his 17th year in the league, and while he might be the player he once was, he's still a great leader.
5. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
The Pistons used their first-round pick on the sharpshooting Caldwell-Pope in this year's draft. He has great 3-point ability, and he looks to be the shooting guard of the future in Detroit.
4. Brandon Jennings
There is no denying that Jennings is a great scorer and a great athlete, something the Pistons were targeting when they signed him in free agency. The question is if Jennings can ever become a true point guard and a team player.
3. Josh Smith
The biggest free agent signing for Detroit this offseason, Smith has been one of the best forwards in the league for nine years, but hasn't received the recognition because of the bad teams he's on. It will be interesting to see where the Pistons use him.
2. Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe enters his fourth year in the league, and an important one. He is in a contract year, so expect to see him turn it up a notch and try and make sure that the Pistons want to keep him around for the future.
1. Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond is no doubt the building block of the Detroit Pistons future. A freakish athlete, he battled injuries last year but when he played, he was dominant. He will continue to improve and should be an All-Star player sooner than later.