There is something special being built by the Detroit Pistons franchise. Last year they may have finished 32-50, but this team is heading in a positive direction. Due to natural player progression and solid free agent additions, the Pistons will make the playoffs in 2016.
Reggie Jackson played like a man possessed after the mid-season trade to Detroit. On the offensive side of the floor, Jackson is unstoppable in transition. He gets the ball from end to end faster than many point guards in the NBA. This adds great value to the players around him, as they are amazing finishers in transition. In the half court, Jackson showcases great court vision and finishing ability. The video above is a highlight reel is crafty finishes from the clever point guard. In the 26 games with Detroit, Jackson posted a chunky stat-line of 18 points and 9 assists. He could emerge as an all-star in the East this year.
Andre Drummond has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. At 6-10, 270 pounds, the 22 year old center is physically ready to take over the NBA. In regards to energy level, few play as hard from end to end as Drummond. The first two minutes of the highlight reel display his uncanny athleticism. Andre’s 5.3 offensive rebounds per game were good for the #1 ranking in the NBA. Andre is also a game changer on the defensive side of the floor. The New York native has the physical cools and drive to make the All-NBA first team defense in 2016.
Stan Van Gundy was bought in from Orlando to turn this team around a build a contender. Thus far, the grizzled coach/ GM has done a great job pushing this team in a strong direction. He has acquired young talent with upside. VG also hit the free agent market and added solid veteran players to the mix. The Pistons will also get Brandon Jennings back on the floor, as he missed half of the season last year after tearing his achilles. I expect the Pistons to be relentless on defense and dynamic in transition. That should be enough to get this talented young core to the postseason.