The Detroit Pistons had an average season, finishing with a perfect .500 record at 41-41. The team finished 8th in the Eastern Conference but ended up getting swept in the first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. The team had a lot of moving parts during the season but had a consistent trio of Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, and Reggie Jackson.

They did not make a lot of huge moves in the offseason. The team used their 15th selection on Sekou Doumbouya, who will look to be a project player for the time being. They also traded for Tony Snell and signed the veteran and BIG3 legend in Joe Johnson to boost their rotation.

Here are the position breakdowns, along with my projected lineup.

Point Guards

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  • Jordan Bone *Two-Way
  • Tim Frazier
  • Langston Galloway
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Derrick Rose

A lot of depth here to start. Jackson has been the starter since being traded to the Pistons back in 2015. A solid double-digit scorer that will get his shots up. Rose has had a nice bounce-back season last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, showing his old 2011 MVP form from time to time. Injuries will always be a concern but if he can stay healthy for a majority of the season, he’ll be a nice addition to this lineup.

Galloway and Frazier are solid bench players while Bone, the 57th pick in the 2019 Draft, signed a two-way deal and will likely play a lot for the Pistons minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, for the majority of the season.

Shooting Guards

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  • Bruce Brown Jr.
  • Joe Johnson
  • Luke Kennard
  • Tony Snell
  • Khyri Thomas

The big-name here is Iso Joe Johnson, who spent this past summer in the BIG3. He led the Triplets to the Championship and earned MVP honors in the process. At 38, he showed that he still has a lot left in the tank and while he may not be the starter, he’ll be a key role player for the Pistons this season. Brown Jr. is a former 2018 second-round pick that’ll likely have an expanded role this season.

Snell was acquired this past offseason and is a solid scorer and three-point shooter. Kennard was the former 12th overall selection in the 2017 Draft and while he has yet to develop as the star the team had hoped for (career scoring average of 8.6 points), he is a solid role player for the team. Thomas was on the team last season but will have an uphill battle to fight for one of the final roster spots heading into the 2019-2020 season.

Small Forwards

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  • Sekou Doumbouya
  • Louis King *Two-Way
  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

A lot of unknown here but Doumbouya is a very interesting prospect here. He was selected 15th overall in this past draft and is only 18 years old. He started playing overseas in 2016 and averaged 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in only eight games for Limoges CSP. Not a lot to look at here but at 6’9″ he has the chance to be something special for this team. He’ll need a few years to develop at an NBA level but could be a huge factor down the line.

Mykhailiuk split time between the Los Angeles Lakers and Pistons last season and will look to take the next step forward this season. King went undrafted in 2019 after playing one season at Oregon. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 31 games last season. The two-way deal shows that the team is interested and hopefully, he shines during his stint in the G League.

Power Forwards

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  • Blake Griffin
  • Thon Maker
  • Markieff Morris
  • Christian Wood

A solid group of PFs with Griffin leading the way. Griffin had a nice bounce-back 2018-2019, averaging a career-high 24.5 points while being named an All-Star and All-NBA Third Team honors. He’ll look to be one of the main contributors on the team.

Morris has signed this past offseason and will look to bounce back after an injury-riddled 2018-2019 campaign while Maker will look to finally make the jump after being buried on the bench for the past few seasons in Milwaukee. Wood was also signed this past offseason to provide depth.

Centers

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  • Andre Drummond

Only one true center on the roster. Drummond has been a consistent double-double machine since being drafted back in 2012. His 17.3 points last season was a career-high for him and add his 15.6 rebounds a game, he provides a nice frontcourt duo with Griffin in the starting lineup.

Coach

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Dwane Casey was a solid coach for the Toronto Raptors from 2011-2018. Of course, he missed out on the team Championship run last season as he was fired and join the Pistons coaching ranks. While he did not win the title for Toronto, you have to give him some sort of credit for building that roster.

As far as now, Casey has always led teams to playoff appearances and will have a lot to prove in season two in Detroit quest to win a title for the first time since 2004.

Projected Lineup/Roster Cuts

  • PG: Reggie Jackson
  • SG: Bruce Brown Jr.
  • SG/SF: Tony Snell
  • PF: Blake Griffin
  • C: Andre Drummond
  • Sixth Man: Derrick Rose
  • Key Role Players: Joe Johnson, Markieff Morris, Luke Kennard, Thon Maker
  • Rest of the Bench: Sekou Doumbouya, Tim Frazier, Langston Galloway, Christian Wood, Sviatoslav Mykhaliliuk
  • Two-Way Players: Jordan Bone, Louis King
  • Roster Cuts: Khyri Thomas

An overall solid lineup here, with Griffin and Drummond leading the charge. Jackson will be the third scoring option while Brown and Snell complete the lineup. The bench of Rose, Johnson, Maker, and Kennard forms a nice second unit. If Doumbouya develops to the star the team hopes for, he’ll be a great addition to the lineup.

I believe the Detroit Pistons will be in the conversation as a playoff team once again. They have a solid roster in a weaker Eastern Conference, they can climb up the rankings and get on a nice hot streak during the season. I can see them as high as 5th in the conference but being in the 7-8 range would not be surprising either.

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