Sticking with the ‘grinding through games’ theme, the Detroit Pistons are sitting in 2nd place in the East, chasing the Celtics tail with 8 wins and 3 losses. This would be their best start since the 2008-09 season and it all comes from the much-improved offense.
Looking back on the Pistons 2016-17 season, they were a solid defensive team but in desperate need of some spark at the other end of the floor. They made some changes over the summer like every team does, and the early summary looks like the new talent has pulled through for Detroit.
Apart from the successful new talent, Andre Drummond has been one of the most improved players in the league this season, upping his true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate and Box Plus/Minus at both ends of the floor. Drummond isn’t the only Piston playing significantly better ball this year. Reggie Jackson has bounced back from his miserable previous season, with superior numbers nearly across the board.
Even with this great start, it’s still too premature to suggest the Pistons are poised to make a deep Playoffs run this season. To face with facts, they have only made the Playoffs once in the last eight seasons. However, thinking bigger picture, a return to the postseason would represent a very successful campaign.
Catch you Monday.