If you can believe it, the NBA season is just around the corner. That’s a fact. And since it’s been forever since we’ve seen half of the league in action, we had an idea. In the spirit of reminding ourselves that time is moving forward, let’s look ahead to the 2021 NBA Season, team-by-team. Let’s dive in.
The Detroit Pistons
2020 Record: 20-46
2020 Finish: 13th in the Eastern Conference, 26th in the NBA.
How It Started
Much hype has been made of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond as the “Big 2” for the Pistons. Now, throw in the addition of Derrick Rose as a veteran presence for an otherwise young and unknown roster. It would seem that the Pistons might actually have stood a chance in a division. Even if the division is dominated by Giannis and the Bucks, and with the Pacers on the rise.
**Fun fact, Detroit is the only city (that I know of) that has a Greektown in it’s downtown. So the irony that they are in a division that plays the “Greek Freak” regularly is not lost on me or other Detroiters.**
How It’s Going
For all the promise of a new “Big 3, ” and the addition of NBA Champion and Coach of the Year Dwayne Casey, things didn’t exactly come to fruition as quickly and smoothly as Pistons fans might have hoped. Blake Griffin started the season with knee issues. Those issues would eventually sideline him for the season when he had surgery just after the new year started. Detroit would finish in the bottom 5 of the standings, and in almost every stat category. On top of that, the Pistons would be one of the 8 teams to miss out on being invited to the NBA Bubble.
The roster still trends towards the younger side and Detroit has the 7th pick overall in the draft. They’re even flirting with the idea of moving up to get LaMelo Ball. So, It’s not unreasonable that the Pistons finish somewhere around the .500 mark this year. But as the trade window seeps into the draft and then into free agency within a weeks span any 1 or all 3 of the Pistons big 3 names could be moved to really start over with a fresh young feel.
The east is not quite the same barren wasteland it has been for the last few years. You can count on at least 5 to 6 quality teams to head into the playoffs, but there’s still no dominant leader in the conference. If I am learning anything about this year it’s not to delude one’s self into thinking that you should dare to hope for anything good. Depending on the moves they make this week, I would think it’d be reasonable to expect them to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack.
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