Predicted Finish For Detroit Pistons: 2010-11
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J.A. Adande, ESPN.com | Adande's picksThe only bright spots are the expiring contracts of Tayshaun Prince and Chris Wilcox. The Pistons need to get back to a defensive mentality; it worked best for them, and they have one of the few fan bases that appreciates it.
Chris Broussard, ESPN Mag | Broussard's picksTimes are tough all-around in Motown. They finally get T-Mac, but alas, it's way too late. Austin Daye and Greg Monroe have nice potential, and a true point guard would help them reach it. Rodney Stuckey, for all his ability, is more two than one. He'd be best as a third guard who came off the bench firing.
Chad Ford, ESPN.com | Ford's picksThe Pistons struggled with injuries last season and it dramatically affected their win total. Now that everyone's healthy, I'm still struggling to see how this team fits together. They have plenty of talent on the perimeter, but unless Austin Daye and Greg Monroe really step up, they're going to get killed in the paint.
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live | Harper's picksThe Pistons have a lot of superfluous parts at the wing positions and not enough depth or talent everywhere else. Rodney Stuckey is up against the development wall for this team, and the interior needs Greg Monroe to be good right away. At least the Pistons don't have more cap space to misuse.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com | Hollinger's picksWhile they'll remain unwatchable, the Pistons may be half-decent. Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and Tayshaun Prince should be healthier and, thus, better than a year ago, and I like rookie Greg Monroe. Unfortunately, they have 23 perimeter players and two bigs.
Tim Legler, ESPN | Legler's picksThey have changed their identity and are no longer a team that locks you down for six minutes at a time so you can't score. They are an offensive-minded team with a lot of guys who can score. On any given night, if they have it going they can beat anybody. Tracy McGrady is the big X factor.
Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com | Sheridan's picksWas going to place them below Indiana in my division standings preview, but can't justify it after comparing their respective rosters -- and that is without including T-Mac, who I expect to see for no more than 41 games. Still scratching my head over the Ben Gordon/Charlie Villanueva signings.
Marc Stein, ESPN.com | Stein's picksT-Mac's comeback and the prospect of a trade involving Rip Hamilton or Tayshaun Price, significant as they seem as Pistons topics, pale in comparison to the real story: When will this team be sold and how many changes will be enacted by the Mike Illitch regime ... if Ilitch indeed gets the team.
Michael Wallace, ESPN.com | Wallace's picksRip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace are still around in Motown. But make no mistake, these are clearly the artists formerly known as the Detroit Pistons. Joe Dumars is one of the most respected execs in the league. But it's hard to tell in which direction this franchise is headed.
Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com | Windhorst's picksFrom a pure talent standpoint, this team should have enough to contend for the playoffs. But injuries and underachievement questions will continue to dog it until it proves otherwise. Also, what does it get from a potential Tayshaun Prince trade? Lots of mystery here.
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