STAYING: Joel Anthony, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Brandon Jennings, Jodie Meeks, Cartier Martin and Anthony Tolliver.
ADDED: Aron Baynes (San Antonio), Steve Blake (Portland), Reggie Bullock (Phoenix), Danny Granger (Phoenix), Darrun Hillard (Villanova), Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Marcus Morris (Detroit) and Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive).
GONE: Caron Butler (Sacramento), John Lucas III (Free Agent), Quincy Miller (Brooklyn), Greg Monroe (Milwaukee), Tayshaun Prince (Minnesota) and Shawne Williams (Free Agent).
STRENGTHS: Andre Drummond has the chance to become a dominant big in the NBA … With Greg Monroe gone, he’s going to become an even more featured player on the offensive end and has a chance to flourish … You don’t often see that combination of strength and athleticism … The Pistons can surround Drummond with good three-point shooters like Jodie Meeks, Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova … If they learn to co-exist, the Reggie Jackson–Brandon Jennings duo could be pretty good … Jackson will be given every opportunity to succeed here … Nice rebounding team.
WEAKNESSES: Flat out not enough talent … Drummond is the lone Top 50 player in the roster … They may have two in the Top 100 … Team is full of young unproven players and veterans nearing retirement … Offense was not a thing of beauty last season and it doesn’t figure to get better with Monroe now in Milwaukee … Jennings comes off a tough injury and will be inactive the first few weeks of the season … Awful free-throw shooting … Drummond has yet to shoot better than 42 percent from the line in an NBA season … Basketball IQ of the team is not Spur-esque … Too many players of the shoot-first type … Losing culture.
PREDICTION: 5th in the Central Division / 12th in the Eastern Conference.