NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

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2010-11 record: 30-52

Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester).

Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady

Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush

Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest scorers again. Charlie Villanueva shows why the Pistons pay him as much as they do. Jonas Jerebko returns from injury to give the team a boost of energy. The team keeps itself in the running for the 8th playoff spot for much of the year.

More Likely Scenario: The Pistons will continue to be a team with no defensive identity, no superstar on offense, and no clear offensive flow. The team aimlessly wanders through the season, winning just enough games to not embarass themselves but never seriously competing for a playoff spot.

Prediction: 24-27 wins