Pistons at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:49 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Antonio McDyess
McDyess
Rip Hamilton is an obvious pick because he's going to put up points. But McDyess could be reborn under Larry Brown.

The champs caught a lot of people by surprise last season. Ben Wallace & Co. won't have that luxury again. And they won't need it.

Larry Brown's not likely to let his players rest on their laurels. Plus they return their entire nucleus -- and get even better on paper with the additions of Carlos Delfino, Antonio McDyess and Derrick Coleman.

Imagine what will happen if Darko pans out.

Roster analysis
The starters: Best group from 1 to 5 in the league.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Rasheed Wallace Last season's final puzzle piece was smart to re-sign 9
SF Tayshaun Prince Stopper on D needs to get more offensive 7
C Ben Wallace Career-high 9.5 ppg. Gotta guard him a bit now 9
SG Richard Hamilton 21.5 ppg in playoffs. Due for his first All-Star game 9
PG Chauncey Billups Finals MVP has found a home, sweet home in Detroit 8
BENCH Stronger than taxes: McDyess (good), Coleman (better), Delfino (best) -- and Darko (TBA). Elden Campbell's no scrub, either. 9
TOTAL 51
*-out of 10