2014-15 Record: 32-50
2014-15 Offense: 98.5 PPG (17th)
2014-15 Defense: 99.5 PPG (14th)
Key Additions: Stanley Johnson (SF), Marcus Morris (SF), Aron Baynes (C), Ersan Ilyasova (PF)
Key Losses: Greg Monroe (F/C), Tayshaun Prince (SF), Caron Butler (SF)
It’s now year two for the Stan Van Gundy Pistons. We’re now starting to see what Stan’s plan is. Detroit was not good last year but they were not awful offensively or defensively. They have some pieces that could make for a winning team. Can Van Gundy sneak them into the playoffs or will Pistons fans have to wait another year?
Greg Monroe is gone and now Andre Drummond is the unquestioned big man in the middle. Drummond doesn’t have the offensive skill set of Monroe but he’s a much more effective all around player. It was the right move letting Monroe go. The only other losses they had were a couple of old small forwards who they’re not going to miss much.
Monroe left for Milwaukee and the Pistons replaced him with former Buck Ersan Ilyasova, who is a much better fit next to Drummond. A couple years ago Ilyasova was coming off two straight seasons of shooting forty percent from three and he was one of the best offensive rebounders in the game. If Detroit gets that guy it would be a huge steal. They also added a couple of solid vets in Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes. Maybe the biggest addition though is first round pick Stanley Johnson. Johnson is getting some Rookie of the Year buzz and should contribute right away.
The Pistons might have lost one of their better players but I think they’ll finish with a better record this year. Reggie Jackson will be with them for a full year, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be better in his third year, and they have better depth, especially when Brandon Jennings comes back in a couple months.