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NBA Team Previews: Detroit Pistons 2013-14

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for Rotowire.com. He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Like a carbon copy of the previous three seasons, Detroit was mired in a state of futility during the 2012-13 campaign. Despite showing some signs of growth down the stretch during the 2011-12 season, Detroit finished fourth in the Central Division with a 29-53 record and once again landed in the lottery. Greg Monroe seemingly hit a plateau as a quality big man but one who may not have All-Star potential. The same can be said for Brandon Knight, who showed little to no signs of progression in his sophomore campaign. Meanwhile, other young players once thought of as possible building blocks, such as Rodney and Jonas Jerebko, took noticeable steps back in their development and no longer appear to be in the team's long-term plans. The lone bright spot to emerge for the Pistons last season was the uncapped upside Andre Drummond flashed in his rookie campaign.

This offseason proved to be a pivotal one for Detroit. First up was a change on the b

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