5 Ways To Fix The Detroit Pistons This Offseason

5 Ways To Fix The Detroit Pistons This Offseason

Tim Fuller
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For a team that had a run of Eastern Conference Championship appearances and successful seasons, it's hard to see the Detroit Pistons fall like this. Another year and another head coach. In this time is Stan Van Gundy and, more importantly, out is team president Joe Dumars, who many blame for this recent slide. In preparation for the 2014 season, these five things can be done to get this once proud franchise going in the right direction.

5. Find a Bigger Role for the 2013 Rookies

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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5. Find a Bigger Role for the 2013 Rookies

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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After losing its lottery pick in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, the Pistons may have to rely on young players already on their roster. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggled most of 2013, but he showed glimpses of promise at the end. Stan Van Gundy must decide if Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell are worthy of spots in the rotation. While it was summer league, both showed the ability to be niche players in the league, but will they get a chance?

4. Spend Wisely During the Free Agency Period

Lance Stephenson
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4. Spend Wisely During the Free Agency Period

Lance Stephenson
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Without a lottery pick some would suggest that the Pistons turn their efforts to bringing in a high profile free agent. While that could work to fill a rotational need, Stan Van Gundy should not throw boatloads of cash at a player like Lance Stephenson just because he is on the market. This team has mishandled free agency in recent years, so they may be better served staying away from the big boy table.

3. Improve Outside Shooting

Kyle Singler
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3. Improve Outside Shooting

Kyle Singler
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The team was second to last in three-point shooting last season at only 32 percent from outside. Even with the interior players they have, the Pistons must realize that this is a perimeter league. So, will the team look to free agency to fix this issue, or will they work to improve the shot selection of players already on the roster like Brandon Jennings? One bright spot was Kyle Singler, but unfortunately, he is a liability everywhere else.

2. Find a Team Identity

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2. Find a Team Identity

Brandon Jennings
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Quick, what are the Pistons known for? Most fans can't answer that question, and that's the problem. With no superstar on the roster, Stan Van Gundy's biggest challenge will be to determine the type of team the Pistons will become. Will it be hard-nose defense and an uptempo offense? That seems the most logical, but whatever it is, everyone on the roster must buy in quickly.

1. Convince Josh Smith to Spend More Time in the Paint

Josh Smith
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1. Convince Josh Smith to Spend More Time in the Paint

Josh Smith
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In order for the Pistons to have a turnaround in 2014, the team must convince Josh Smith to spend more time on the interior, whether that's through posting up or driving to the hole. His reliance on the three-point shot is maddening considering he only shot 26 percent from there. If Van Gundy is able to cut those 3.4 attempts in half, the team should find more success.

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