With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond entering their fist full season together, the Detroit Pistons have their sights set on the playoffs in 2018-19. Reigning NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey will begin his first season as Pistons head coach, hoping to maximize the potential of Detroit’s talented roster. The Eastern Conference is wide open, and the Pistons expect to compete as well as anyone.
Signing Dwane Casey in the summer was a major move for the franchise, as it isn’t so often that a coach of Casey’s stature is available on the market. Casey will be tasked with bringing the best out of franchise cornerstones Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Known for their highlight reels of dunks above the rim, Griffin and Drummond are two of the most exciting big men to watch in the NBA. Other than the midseason trade for Blake Griffin, the story of the season last year in Detroit was Drummond’s improvement at the foul line. Drummond's free throw % skyrocketed from a putrid 38% to a somewhat respectable 61%.
The key piece to the puzzle in Detroit is point guard Reggie Jackson. When Jackson is healthy, the Pistons offense executes very well, but when he is hurt, the losing piles up. The 28-year old point guard will need to stay healthy for the Pistons to compete for the playoffs in 2019. Another interesting player to keep an eye on this season is former Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, who enters his second professional season. Kennard is an intriguing young player on the Pistons roster who they will continue to develop in the coming years.
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