Additional Detroit Pistons Info
When looking at the Detroit Pistons roster, one would think this team would have a lot better results than they have had the last few years. The three best players on this roster are All-Star caliber players- center Andre Drummond, point guard Reggie Jackson, and power forward Blake Griffin. Yet, despite the talent, the best the Pistons have been able to muster up the last few years are a couple of appearances in the playoffs as the eighth seed and quick first-round exits. Perhaps a lack of support around said players was the problem.
The Pistons held two first-round draft choices entering the draft, so this gave them an opportunity to add a couple of supporting players for cheap. With their first selection, 15th overall, the Pistons selected big power forward Sekou Doumbouya from France. Interesting choice. With the 30th selection overall they USC freshman shooting guard Kevin Porter. In free agency, they added point guard Tim Frazier, power forward Markief Morris, point guard Derrick Rose, and power forward Christian Wood. They also added point guard Jordan Bone via trade. So it appears as if the Pistons saw the lack of support as well, and did their best to alter it.
All signs point to the Pistons being much better this season than they were a year ago. Time will tell us if that is true.
The Detroit Pistons had an average 2015-2016 season. They finished the season with a record of 44-38, good for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were swept by a far superior Cleveland Cavaliers teams in round one of the NBA playoffs. The Pistons ended up with the 18th overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft and used it to select the raw but talented Henry Ellenson from Marquette.
Also this offseason, they signed forward Jon Leuer and guard Ish Smith as well as re-signed center Andre Drummond to a five year, 127 million dollar contract. How have the moves translated to this season? The Pistons are currently sitting at 18-21, right on the outside of the fringe of the NBA playoffs.