Detroit Pistons Season Preview: Drummond, Jackson improvement makes team East contenders

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Drummond is one of the top free agents in the 2016 offsesaon

The Detroit Pistons want to continue improving next season under coach Stan Van Gundy. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are developing players and they can be one of East’s best teams if the two become NBA superstars.

The Pistons were swept in the last playoffs but they want more than a playoff appearance and challenge the top teams in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the Pistons are bringing back the same core that has Drummond and Jackson as the main franchise players for the team.

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Detroit Pistons 2016-2017 NBA Season Depth Chart

PG: Reggie Jackson/Ish Smith/Lorenzo Brown/Ray McCallum
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope/Darrun Hilliard/Michael Gbinije
SF: Marcus Morris/Stanley Johnson/Reggie Bullock
PF: Tobias Harris/Jon Leuer/Henry Ellenson
C: Andre Drummond/Aron Baynes/Boban Marjanovic

Pistons’ Additions: Jon Leuer, Ishmael Smith, Boban Marjanovic
Pistons’ Losses: Joel Anthony, Jodie Meeks, Anthony Tolliver

The Pistons are happy with their core getting only bench players in the offseason. They got backup big men Leuer and Marjanovic to help out on scoring and defense in their bench.

Pistons’ Strengths: Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are both stars in the East. Both are reliable scorers but their defense is valuable to Van Gundy’s system. They have good role players to surround their stars. Caldwell-Pope and Harris provide shooting and Morris adds defense from the forward position. Their bench also looks good with Leuer, Johnson, Baynes and Marjanovic in the frontcourt and Smith will lead the backcourt bench.

Pistons’ Weaknesses: Drummond’s free throw shooting must improve. Opponents will take advantage of his poor FT form and foul him in key moments. Jackson must play better in running the team and avoiding turnovers in crucial times.

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