10. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have made huge acquisitions this offseason. They acquired Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups and upgraded their roster in the process.
With Jennings, Billups and Rodney Stuckey in the backcourt, the Pistons have athleticism, creativity and veteran leadership that creates a balanced offensive attack. Their lack of depth in the guard position will prove to be one of the biggest reasons they fail to make the playoffs for another year, but Jennings and Billups will be one of the more interesting backcourts to watch throughout the season.
The high-flying Smith is also one of the most versatile players in the league. Though he has a reputation of lackadaisical play, Smith can be one of the most exciting players to watch. His ability to defend, block shots and create turnovers is amongst the NBA’s elite. Smith is likely to start at the small forward position, but he has ample experience as a power forward. When the Pistons want to play small, Smith will easily slide right into the power forward position.
Andre Drummond is a 19-year-old, 7’0” center that has yet to find his place in the league. Like Smith, Drummond is freakishly athletic and has no problem running up and down the court. His post game is still under-developed, so he will likely benefit and prefer playing in an offense that seeks to take advantage of the transition game.
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