By Quinne Lowe @sports_qa on July 4, 2014
The Pistons only had one draft pick in the 2014 draft but their primary focus in the off-season will be to decide if the pieces they currently have on the roster can allow Head Coach Stan Van Gundy to turn this once proud franchise around. The team could look significantly different by the start of the season in October.
In his first season in Detroit Jennings showed the ability to be a ball distributor by posting a career high in assists, 7.6, but his other numbers were some of the worst of his career. If Van Gundy is able to harness the talented but reckless guard there is value there. Bynum is a diminutive scorer that could find a new role, if not a new team, with the new staff. Siva is a second year guy looking for an opportunity to show his skills.
In the first move of the 2014 free-agency period Meeks gave the Pistons something they desperately needed: an outside shooter. He shot a career high 40.1% from the three-point line. Caldwell-Pope struggled in his rookie season but the 31pt output in the season finale shows that he has talent. Dinwiddie is recovering from an ACL injury but when healthy will provide help at both guard positions.
Smith plays this position by default but is better suited at the PF position. His stubborn reliance on the three-point shot despite shooting a terrible percentage has the team shopping him after one season. Singler is a decent shooter but a man without a real position. Datome struggled in his first season but could be another player that sees his role expand with the new staff. Martin is another depth guy.
Monroe is a restricted free agent and depending on who you speak to he's on his way out of town or is a significant piece to the resurgence of the organization. Monroe has value as a capable scorer and a good rebounder. Jerebko is a player that Van Gundy has already pointed out as liking, so his role could increase in 2014. Mitchell is a second-year player that spent most of his rookie year in the D-League and still is looking for a role.
Drummond was second in the NBA with 57 double doubles and that was with a limited arsenal of offensive moves. Only 20, he has plenty of room for growth and should be the cornerstone of the Pistons franchise for years to come. Harrellson appeared in 32 games last season and reminds a lot of Pistons fans of former Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer because of his outside shooting ability.
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