2005 Detriot Pistons Preview
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2005 Detriot Pistons Team Preview
Can this team motor its way into the Finals for a third year running and can it make it two Championships in three years? One of the best things the Pistons have going is the fact that they are one of the few true “teams” in the NBA. That has served them well, with role players knowing exactly how to perform at a given moment and in a specific circumstance.
At center Ben Wallace gives them 12.2 rebounds per game, while shooting guard Richard Hamilton averages 18.7 points, and power forward Rasheed Wallace balances everything off with 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a contest. Coach Flip Saunders knows how to utilize all of his weapons, and he’s expected to do so in his first season with Detroit. In ten years with the Timberwolves, a team definitely a few rungs below the Pistons, Saunders had a 411-326 record and made it to the playoffs eight times. That’s impressive considering he was coaching one-man team Kevin Garnett. Can Saunders, with his laid-back, player-friendly manner replace the hands-on, scream-and-yell style of Larry Brown?
Perhaps Saunder’s ability to exploit his team’s offensive strengths and his opponent’s defensive weaknesses will compensate for his lack of fire and hard-nosed discipline. With Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, and Rasheed Wallace he should be able to exploit opponent’s defenses to his heart’s desire.
The starting five for Detroit are about as impressive as a frontcourt and backcourt can be. They account for an average of about 75 points per game! The Piston’s defense is also intimidating, although Saunders feels they can create even more heat for opponents. If there’s a weakness on this team it is the bench. Last season non-starters scored an average of 20 points per game—second worst in the NBA. Can Saunders improve upon that? That may be his ultimate test.
Look for Detroit to play tough, smart, and as a team. They’ll be in the hunt throughout the 82-game season.
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