Posted by Neil Paine on October 15, 2010
Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!
Coach: John Kuester
Record: 27-55, Finished 5th in NBA Central Division
Pythagorean W-L: 26-56 (27th of 30)
SRS: -5.02 (27th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 88.5 (29th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 105.6 (21st of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 111.4 (26th of 30)
2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)
2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Natalie Sitto, need4sheed.com
The Detroit Pistons would love to forget the 2009-2010 season. Riddled with injuries to key players the entire season, their 27-55 record was their worst since 1993.
Unfortunatly they lost two players in their first pre-season game against the Heat. Jonas Jerebko, the surprise spark plug last season, tore his Achilles tendon and will likely miss the entire season. And second round draft pick Terrico White broke a bone in his foot that will set his development back.
What the Pistons do have is players at their positions to fall back on. The Pistons are stacked with SG’s and SF’s. With Ben Gordon, Rip Hamiltion, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, second year players Austin Daye and DaJuan Summer and the addition of Tracy McGrady, their depth is one of their biggest strengths.
What the Pistons don’t have is much down low. The anchor of the front court is 36 year old Ben Wallace, who surprised everyone with his rebirth after returning to Detroit last season. But the question is, can he do it again for another season? Charlie Villanueva, the undersized Jason Maxiell, with the addition of lottery pick Greg Monroe will need to have solid seasons for the Pistons to compete in the eastern conference.
With new ownership on the way and a retooling of the team, Detroit is trying to get back to their winning ways. This transition season might be a step towards their future, so if the team can finish the season at 500 or above you can consider it a success.