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Former Detroit Pistons Finals MVP Chauncey Billups lands assistant coaching gig

The man known affectionately as “Mr. Big Shot” is now an NBA assistant coach.

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Chauncey Billups, who led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship and was named Finals MVP, is now the assistant head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers under new head coach Ty Lue.

During his playing career, Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection. He retired in 2014, and has served as a studio analyst. Last year, he became a game analyst on Los Angeles Clippers telecasts in addition to his work with ESPN.

Watch: Derrick Rose drops 31 points in route to a victory against the Phoenix Suns [Video]

Pistons’ guard Derrick Rose had a great game in last night’s victory against the Phoenix Suns. Rose finished the night scoring 31 points on 15-of-24 shooting from the floor, helping the Detroit Pistons snap a seven-game losing streak.


In case you missed it, Rose is expected to remain with the Detroit Pistons for the rest of the season. This comes as big (albeit slightly surprising) news after the Pistons agreed to a buyout with Regie Jackson and Markieff Morris just recently. Jackson is now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. Meanwhile, Morris is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Detroit Pistons’ PG Derrick Rose expected to remain with team for remainder of season

Don’t expect Detroit Pistons’ PG Derrick Rose to leave the Motor City this season.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Rose is not expected to leave via a buyout.

“There’s no chance. From what I understand, when the Lakers called the Pistons and expressed an interest in trading for [him], the Pistons said ‘Hey, we appreciate you calling, but we’re not trading him. Dwane Casey likes him. We think he’s going to be important for us next year.’ He just wasn’t available.”

Last week, the Pistons reached a buyout agreement with Reggie Jackson and Markieff Morris. Jackson is now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, Morris has since joined the Los Angeles Lakers.

At 19-40 for the season, the Pistons are in the midst of a rebuild. Rose is expected to be a mentor to the younger guys in the locker room.

For the season, Rose is averaging 18 points and 5.7 assists per game.

–Quotes courtesy of Ashish Mathur, Clutch Points– LINK

Fans react to Reggie Jackson being bought out by Pistons

Reggie Jackson is no longer a member of the Detroit Pistons. The former Boston College Eagle guard was in the fifth and final season of a five-year, $80 million contract, and is expected to be joining the Los Angeles Clippers.

And as per usual, the fan reaction was swift and immediate. Take a look at some examples:

Report: Reggie Jackson is no longer a Detroit Piston

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons.

Jackson plans to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers as soon as he clears waivers.

Report: Los Angeles Clippers interested in Andre Drummond

The NBA Trade Deadline is fast approaching, falling later this week on Thursday. Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond continues to be at the center of rumors, and now we can add another team to the potential list of trade partners.

According to Detroit News beat writer Rod Beard, the Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly shown interest in acquiring the center:

Additionally, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that a potential package Detroit could receive in return would include Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Moe Harkless, as well as the Clippers’ first-round pick this year.

Pistons win on the road as the shot clock expires, defeat the Pelicans 105-103

The Detroit Pistons came into this game looking for their fourth win in five games. The New Orleans Pelicans, losers of eight straight, were looking to snap their losing streak tonight. The Pelicans, prior to tonight’s game, won 12 of their last 14 meetings against the Pistons. The Pistons (10-14) were able to defeat the Pelicans (6-18) on the road 105-103 and the Pelicans losing streak continues, extending to nine after tonight’s defeat against the Pistons.

The Pelicans started the game on a 16-6 run. Luke Kennard and Andre Drummond started the game with two quick fouls for the Pistons in the first quarter, forcing the Pistons to call on their bench for early support. The Pistons, who at one point trailed the quarter by as many as 11 points, were able to cut the Pelicans lead to just four (29-25) to end the first quarter thanks to a few spark plugs off the Pistons bench. Pistons guard Langston Galloway (6), Derrick Rose (4), and Pistons’ center Christian Wood (4) all contributed to a late first quarter Pistons run. The Pistons bench came into this game third in scoring, trailing only the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers in that category. Pelicans’ forward Brandon Ingram attacked the Pistons early and often. Ingram finished the quarter with 14 points.

In the second quarter, Pistons guard Sviatoslav (Svi) Mykhailiuk knocked down a three-point shot to cut the Pelicans lead to just one. Andre Drummond, on the opposite end of the court after the three from Svi, received his third foul 47 seconds into the second quarter and was forced to the bench to avoid fouling out for the remainder of the first half. The Piston, who at one point was down 45-37 to the Pelicans, went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead by the Pelicans to just two.  The Pelicans stopped the bleeding and were able to take a 53-47 lead into the half.

Ingram, who had 14 first-quarter points, finished with 17 at the half. For the Pistons, Christian Wood led the way off the bench with eight points and six rebounds at the half.

The Pistons went on a 15-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter to take the lead 67-61, forcing the Pelicans to take a timeout. Drummond picked up his fourth foul and was again forced from the game for the remainder of the quarter. Ingram picked up where he left off in the first quarter, scoring 10 points in the quarter. The Pistons were able to take an 81-74 lead to end the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Pistons scored a couple of quick baskets to take the lead to 88-76 early into the final quarter. The Pelicans were able to go on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to just three. The Pistons and Pelicans traded blows but it was the last shot that decided the game. With the game tied 103-103 and with 14.7 seconds left in regulation, Derrick Rose was able to hit the game-winning shot off of an isolation play to give the Pistons a 105-103 victory.

Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 21 points and seven assists. Andre Drummond was able to finish tonight’s game with another double-double despite being in foul trouble for most of the game, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds. Today marked Langston Galloway’s 28th birthday, and he finished tonight’s victory with 16 points off the bench for Detroit. For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram led all scorers with 31 points to go with six rebounds.

Pelicans’ prize rookie Zion Williamson is still nursing a knee injury and was unable to play in tonight’s game. For Detroit, Reggie Jackson is still nursing a back injury and will be re-evaluated in the upcoming days.

The Pistons will have the next two days off before facing Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in Mexico City at 9 PM.

Week 1 DSN NBA Power Rankings

Here are the NBA power rankings through week one:

30. New York Knicks (0-3) – Rookie RJ Barrett has been a shining bright spot for the Knicks, averaging 21 points per game through three games. He may be the only bright spot to highlight for a team that has started off 0-3 for the season. Center Mitchell Robinson has been a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) monster and leads the team with a 36.62 PER, but is only averaging 18 minutes per game due to foul troubles and coming back from an ankle injury that kept him on the sideline for the Knicks regular-season opener.


29. Memphis Grizzlies (1-2) – Jaren Jackson Jr. is off to a solid start in his sophomore season, and rookie guard Ja Morant is coming off a strong game against the Nets in which he blocked Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving towards the end of regulation to send their game into overtime. The Nets were able to win off of a Jae Crowder three-pointer to give them their first win of the season. The Grizzlies will go through growing pains this season but they have a promising future.


28. Cleveland Cavilers (1-1) – The Cavilers were able to give first-year head coach John Beilein his first career win against the Indiana Pacers, but the Cavilers still have a long way to go before they can convince anyone that they are contenders. On a positive note, the Cavilers have held their opponents to 96.5 points per game so far this season, which is good for 4th best in the league as of this writing.


27. Sacramento Kings (0-3) – The Kings lost Marvin Bagley III to a fractured right thumb, which will keep him sidelined for up to 6 weeks.  The Kings have looked horrible on defense, allowing the opposing teams to average 119.7 points per game. It’s early, but so far the Kings look lost. Third-year point guard De’Aaron Fox (38.2% from the floor) and shooting guard Buddy Hield (40.9% from the floor) will need to pick up the slack while Bagley is shelved.


26. Charlotte Hornets (1-2) – Terry Rozier is off to a slow start so far, but backup point guard Devonte’ Graham has been a nice surprise, leading the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game. Rookie power forward PJ Washington is averaging 15 points and 6.7 rebounds per game through the first three games. The Hornets will continue to struggle against good teams but could play spoiler towards the end of the season for teams looking to make it to the playoffs if PJ Washington and Devonte’ Graham can improve as the season goes on.


25. New Orleans Pelicans (0-3) – The Pelicans miss prize rookie forward Zion Williamson out there, and their record (0-3) reflects that. To make matters worse, Jrue Holiday is also nursing a knee injury of his own (knee sprain). Point guard Lonzo Ball, shooting guard Josh Hart, and forward Brandon Ingram (all acquired from the Lakers in a blockbuster trade that included Anthony Davis this off-season) have stepped up for the Pelicans but until the Pelicans are fully healthy, it will be hard to watch for fans hoping to win games.


24. Chicago Bulls (1-2) – Otto Porter is on a minutes restriction, which will hopefully keep their forward healthy throughout the season. Chicago only has one win so far this season against Memphis. While it is likely Chicago will win more games as the season goes on, it’s hard to see them winning enough games to be in contention for the eighth spot in the conference standings.


23. Detroit Pistons (1-2) – The Detroit Pistons are losers of two straight games after beating the Indiana Pacers on the road to start the season. While Derrick Rose has been a bright spot for the Pistons, losing Blake Griffin before the season started (hamstring, knee injury) hurts Detroit’s chances of winning games. Detroit needs Blake Griffin healthy.


22. Washington Wizards (1-2) – Bradley Beal is averaging 20.3 points per game with 7.7 assists. The problem is his field-goal percentage, as he is shooting only 30.6% from the floor. Rookie Rui Hachimura has been a pleasant surprise so far averaging 16.3 points per game. Washington will need more support from the rest of the team if they want to make a push for a playoff spot.


21. Phoenix Suns (2-1) – The Suns are off to a solid start, however losing DeAndre Ayton to a 25 game suspension has to be a low blow to the Sun’s chances of making things interesting. Shooting guards Devin Booker and small forward Kelly Oubre have both looked solid to start the season. If they can keep this momentum going without Ayton, the team could surprise us by having a winning record after 25 games.


20. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) – The Thunder were able to beat the defending Western Conference Champions over the weekend, but have lost two of their first three games. Their win against the Warriors looks impressive at first until you notice that the Warriors are winless to start the season. It is only a matter of time before the Thunder look to rest Chris Paul and give Shai Gilgeous-Alexander all of the minutes the second-year point guard can handle.


19. Golden State Warriors (0-2) – The Warriors have looked terrible to start the season. Through two games, the Warriors have had the lead zero times. Losing Kevin Durant to the Nets was already bad enough, but with Klay Thompson also nursing a torn ACL, the Warriors will have to make do with All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and newly acquired D’Angelo Russell, but will need to find a way to improve their supporting cast.


18. Indiana Pacers (0-2) –The Pacers are off to a rocky start, but help is on the way. Victor Oladipo will be back at some point this season, so the Pacers will have to hold off until he returns. Even after a slow start, the Pacers are still expected to make a playoff push.


17. Orlando Magic (1-1) – The Orlando Magic split their first two games of the season, with a win against Cleveland and a loss to Atlanta. Markelle Fultz has a chance to shed the “bust” label he has received by some with a fresh start in Orlando.


16. Dallas Mavericks (2-1) – Kristaps Porziņģis and Luka Dončić are leading the charge for the improved Dallas Mavericks. With averages of over 25 points per game for each of them, Dallas looks to have formed a very solid duo, one that could challenge the other NBA teams for best 1-2 punch this season. As long as they continue to gel, they should be able to compete with any team most nights.


15. Atlanta Hawks (2-0) – Second-year guard Trae Young has gone berserk to start the season, averaging a whopping 38.5 points and nine assists per game. Atlanta is undefeated, and if Trae Young can continue his performance, the Hawks could challenge for a playoff spot as early as this season. Trae Young (so far) looks like the Eastern Conference version of Stephen Curry.


14. Brooklyn Nets (1-2) – The Nets are coming off a tough loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, but Kyrie Irving has been as great as advertised so far. Through three games, Kyrie is averaging 37.7 points per game and looks to be fitting right in on a team that lost All-Star D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors this off-season. Caris LeVert also looks solid (19.7 points per game) if you take away his turnovers (4.3 per game).


13. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) – All-Star big man Karl Anthony Towns leads the team in points (32), rebounds (13.3), and blocks (2). The Timberwolves are undefeated and were even able to defeat the Miami Heat, who were also undefeated leading to their matchup. Former number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins played a huge role in keeping the Timberwolves undefeated by outscoring the Heat in the fourth quarter.


12. Toronto Raptors (2-1) – Pascal Siakam won the most improved player of the year award last season but could be in the running to win it again. Through three games so far this season, he leads the team in points (28.7) and rebounds (10.7) per game. He’ll have to beat out teammate Fred VanVleet (19.3 points per game), who is also having a career year so far.


11. Portland Trailblazers (2-1) – Blazers guard CJ McCullum is heating up after a slow start to the season. Damian Lillard picked up where he left off last season and is averaging 31.7 points per game. Portland will need both of them to play like all-stars if they have any hope of repeating the success the team had last season.


10. San Antonio Spurs (2-0) – Spurs guard Dejounte Murray is on a minute’s restriction to start the year off but is still averaging 18.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game. Murray has serious potential to have a breakout year after missing last season to nurse a torn ACL. The Spurs will need that to happen if they want to make a post-season run.


9. Miami Heat (2-1) – The Heat have won two of three games so far without All-Star forward Jimmy Butler. Heat big man Bam Adebayo and guard Kendrick Nunn have both been a bright spot for the new-look Heat, and after coming off a win against the Milwaukee Bucks on the road, the Heat will look to continue moving up the standings once Butler returns.


8. Utah Jazz (2-1) – Jazz guard Mike Conley is off to a horrid start, but the Jazz is still early favorites to make the playoffs. The Jazz was looking to improve once they moved on from point guard Ricky Rubio and upgraded to Mike Conley during the off-season. It’s still early so Mike Conley could still improve and show why the Jazz was a sleeper team to win it all.


7. Boston Celtics (2-1) – Jason Tatum is making the leap most of us expected him to make last season, but the Celtics won’t complain as long as he can keep up the early success. Kemba Walker had a bad start in their loss to the 76ers, but has since turned the ship around and is back on track to having another great year for his new team.


6. Houston Rockets (1-1) – Russell Westbrook and James Harden will give a lot of teams fits this season. They were only able to win one of two games, but you can tell this backcourt is going to be a problem for the rest of the league. They have plenty of time to gel and figure out how to play with each other and should have it all together by the time playoffs begin. The real issue is staying out of each other’s way.


5. Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) – Everyone knew Anthony Davis and LeBron James are going to be a problem. They have won two out of three games to start the year but could take another leap forward once Kyle Kuzma returns from his foot injury.


4. Philadelphia 76ers (2-0) – Philadelphia remains undefeated so far, but with Joel Embid nursing an ankle injury, it’s safe to wonder if Embid can really stay healthy for 70+ games.


3. Denver Nuggets (2-0) – Nikola Jokić continues to do it all for the Denver Nuggets, leading the team in scoring (21.5), rebounds (13.5), and seven assists. If there’s anything to nitpick about Nikola’s game, it’s his turnovers (4.5). The Nuggets will continue to be a force in the Western Conference, and nobody is sleeping on them this year after being the dark horse team last season.


2. Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) – The Bucks are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat over the weekend, but that shouldn’t slow them down. They are still a powerhouse and remain favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading his team in points (29.5), rebounds (15), assists (10) and steals (2).


1. Los Angeles Clippers (2-1) – The Clippers are leading the league in points per game (125) as of this writing. Paul George is still nursing a shoulder injury, but that has not stopped the Clippers from beating their division rivals (Lakers, Warriors). Once Paul George returns, they will be a force on both offense and defense.

DSN NBA Power Rankings

With the Piston’s season underway tonight, here are our first NBA Power Rankings of the season:


30. Cleveland Cavilers –  The Cavaliers have a first-year head coach (John Beilein), and there were no improvements made via free agency during the summer. Darius Garland/Collin Sexton back court will need time to work. Expect the Cavs to compete for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft.


29. Charlotte Hornets – Kemba Walker’s departure will be too much to overcome. They also lost Jeremy Lamb to the Pacers this off-season. Charlotte should also be competing for the number one overall draft pick along with the Cavs barring any major changes.


28. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. will be a nice one-two punch for years to come, Memphis still in rebuild mode this season after losing veteran point guard Mike Conley this off-season.


27. New York Knicks – Struck out during the off-season, but drafting RJ Barrett and signing Julius Randle is a step in the right direction. Mitchell Robinson has the potential to be a force on defense if he can cut back on the fouls.


26. Chicago Bulls – A young nucleus of Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and Coby White makes this an interesting team to watch. Bulls added veteran Thaddeus Young this off-season via free agency.


25. Washington Wizards – John Wall is still injured, and Bradley Beal could be traded. No reliable second option behind Beal.


24. Atlanta Hawks – Trae Young and John Collins will look to build more chemistry this upcoming season. Those young stars will be fun to watch along with fellow first-round picks Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter.


23. Phoenix Suns – Devin Booker has a chance to be an all-star this season. Deandre Ayton is looking to build off of a solid rookie season. Suns were able to acquire Monty Williams for their head coach vacancy.


22. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl Anthony Towns is still improving, and that’s scary for the league.


21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Losing Russell Westbrook and Paul George is a huge blow to the team. The draft picks they were able to acquire will help them out in the long run but it won’t save them for what’s to come this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul, and Steven Adams will lead the charge this season, assuming Chris Paul isn’t traded by the trade deadline.


20. New Orleans Pelicans – Would be higher on the list, but this summer’s top overall draft pick Zion Williamson is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Jrue Holiday and company will have their hands full in the meantime.


19. Detroit Pistons – Off-season acquisitions Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris add depth behind All-Stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Blake is dealing with a hamstring and knee injury and will be out through the first week of November. Keeping Blake healthy will be important if the Pistons plan to make it back to the playoffs.


18. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III all have a serious upside. It may take time for it to all come together, but this team will be fighting for a playoff spot into April.


17. Dallas Mavericks – If Kristaps Porziņģis can stay healthy, this team has serious first-round upset potential. Reigning rookie of the year Luka Dončić has a good chance to be an All-Star his second season in.


16. San Antonio Spurs – DeJounte Murray is healthy again. Even in a loaded Western Conference, the Spurs will be in the playoff mix as long as Gregg Popovich remains their coach.


15. Miami Heat – Signing Jimmy Butler to a team that barely missed the playoffs bodes well for the Miami Heat. If Bam Adebayo has the breakout year some are expecting, then Miami can be a scary team to face in the first round of the playoffs.


14. Indiana Pacers – Victor Oladipo is still on the shelf due to an injury he suffered last season, but he is expected to rejoin the team later on this season. Myles Turner will keep the team afloat while VO is missing in action.


13. Orlando Magic – The Orlando Magic went from winning 25 games during the 2017-18 season to winning 42 games and taking a game from the current NBA Champions in the first round of the playoffs last season. All without their prized first-round pick Mohamed Bamba. This year Bamba will return along with former number one overall pick Markelle Fultz. Orlando’s arrow is pointing up.


12. Brooklyn Nets – The Nets lost D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors this off-season, but gained Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan during free agency. They signed Kevin Durant, but he is not expected to play this season due to suffering a torn achilles tendon during the NBA finals. Caris LeVert (if he can stay healthy) should take another leap forward this upcoming season.


11. Boston Celtics – Losing Kyrie Irving was tough, but the Celtics were able to recover quickly by signing Kemba Walker in the off-season. Losing Al Horford may have hurt this team’s chances of making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, with Philly getting stronger and Milwaukee keeping their core together. Jayson Tatum is expected to take a big leap this upcoming season and should help the team make it beyond the first round of next year’s playoffs.


10. Golden State Warriors – Kevin Durant left to join the Nets and Klay Thompson is nursing a torn ACL. Stephen Curry could return to MVP form this season. D’Angelo Russell joined the team via free agency and should be able to contribute right away. The Warriors are not the heavy favorites to win it all this time, but the team is still expected to make it back to the postseason.


9. Toronto Raptors – The Raptors were 17-5 last season when Kawhi Leonard sat out of games. The Raptors will still be in the mix once April comes around, but face an uphill battle to make it beyond the first round in the Eastern Conference. If last night’s game is any indication, they intend to rise to the challenge.


8. Portland Trailblazers – Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form (arguably) the best backcourt in the NBA. They also signed former Heat center Hassan Whiteside to fill in for injured center Jusuf Nurkić. They are coming off a tough loss to the Warriors in last season’s Western Conference Finals, and will be looking for redemption this season.


7. Utah Jazz – Do not sleep on Utah. The Jazz were able to sign Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanvic during the off-season, adding to a team that already included All-Star center Rudy Gobert and rising star Donovan Mitchell. Could make it to the Western Conference Finals if everything goes well.


6. Houston Rockets – Houston had a busy summer, adding Russell Westbrook to their roster. The Rockets now have two former MVPs on their roster. They played together during their time in OKC, but will they be able to pick up where things left off before they both became superstars?


5. Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers had a busy summer as well, trading for All-Star Paul George, and winning the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes during the off-season. Paul George is currently nursing an injured shoulder, but he should be able to return before the end of the year. The Clippers are expected to compete for a trip to the NBA Finals, and if last night’s game with the Lakers proved anything, it is that the Clippers are for real.


4. Philadelphia 76ers – Philly is coming off a tough loss to the Toronto Raptors during the second round of last season’s playoffs. Even after losing Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, they were able to recover by adding Josh Richardson and Al Horford. This team is hungry after last season’s defeat to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors and is an early favorite by some to make it to the NBA Finals.


3. Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokić should be a household name by now. The Nuggets added Jerami Grant this off-season and will have their 2018 first-round pick Michael Porter Jr. with them when the season starts. Not losing any key players, the Nuggets look to build on their success from the following season.


2. Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers were able to pair up Anthony Davis with LeBron James this off-season in a blockbuster trade. They will be competing for a title as early as this season as long as everyone can stay healthy. They suffered a loss last night to the Clippers, but should be able to bounce back nicely. LeBron is no stranger to slow starts in his career.


1. Milwaukee Bucks – The Bucks are coming off a 60 win season, Giannis Antetokounmpo winning MVP, and making it to the Eastern Conference Finals. They were able to keep Kris Middleton and Brook Lopez this off-season. The Bucks have a solid rotation and will be competing for a trip to the NBA final’s this season. The Bucks have a solid chance to win it all this year.

Five bold predictions for the Detroit Pistons entering the 2019-20 season

The Detroit Pistons are coming into the 2019-20 season with a sense of hope. Last season, the Pistons were eliminated from the playoffs after being swept 4-0 during their first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Some may argue that if Blake Griffin were healthy during the playoffs, the Pistons could have made things interesting and could have potentially pulled off an upset, defeating the first seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

During the off-season, the Pistons signed point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Markieff Morris, made a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Tony Snell, and drafted Sekou Doumbouya out of France to bolster a lineup that already included All-Stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. 

The expectation this year in Detroit is to make it back to the playoffs, but how far will the Pistons go? Will they be better, the same, or even worse this upcoming season? That and more will be covered here in our top five bold predictions for the 2019-20 season.

1. Derrick Rose will supplant incumbent starter Reggie Jackson on the depth chart

This may not appear to be a bold prediction initially. Derrick Rose is coming off a season in which he averaged 18 points, 4.3 assist and 1.1 three-pointers per game. Reggie Jackson is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 assist and a career high 2.1 three-pointers per game. So why is this a bold prediction? Derrick Rose’s health.

Rose played in 51 games last season. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson played in all 82 games during the regular season. If it wasn’t for health concerns, this would not be a bold prediction. Rose certainly has the skill set to pass up Reggie on the depth chart, but the Pistons will make sure Rose is healthy enough for a hopeful playoff run.  Having Rose fresh off the bench to manage his minutes makes sense, but there is a chance Rose can stay healthy and convince the coaching staff he’s ready for starter minutes.

In Blake Griffin’s first full season with the Pistons, he played in 75 games, the most he’s played since his 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Clippers when he played in 80 games. If Rose can replicate Griffin’s health and play in at least 70 games, then moving Rose up the dept chart would be the smart move here.

2. Both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond make the All-Star team

Both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond have made the All-Star team in previous seasons, but they have not done it together since Blake Griffin joined Detroit during the 2017-18 season. Last year, Blake Griffin made it to the big stage and the year before, it was Andre Drummond representing the Motor City at the All-Star game. The Pistons have not had multiple All-Stars on the same team since 2008 when Chauncey (Mr. Big Shot) Billups and Richard (Rip) Hamilton made the team, representing the East.

Andre Drummond is playing for a contract, as his current contract is set to expire once the season is over. Drummond will be looking for a big pay day, so expect him to have a career year this season. Blake shouldn’t have any issues joining the team for this year’s mid-season exhibition game as long as he is healthy.

3. Detroit will receive outside help to pair up with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond

The Pistons have made it clear they want to be contenders this season. Their off-season acquisitions suggest they are in win now mode, with Blake Griffin entering this upcoming season at age 30. Assuming the Pistons doesn’t shake up their entire roster, they could put themselves in play for a player that can get them over the hump. Buddy Hield out of Sacramento is a situation worth monitoring if he and Sacramento can’t come to terms on a deal soon. Kyle Lowry is also worth monitoring if the Raptors playoff hopes evaporates right around the All-Star break. Either player could form a big three with Griffin and Drummond, and should be enough for the Pistons to make things interesting around the second round of the playoffs.

4. Dwane Casey in serious contention for coach of the year award

This is contingent on where the Pistons finish this season. Dwane Casey has already won the coach of the year award during his time with the Toronto Raptors. Ironically, he was released from the team the same year he won the award. During his first season in Detroit, Casey helped the Pistons finish 41-41, the first time the Pistons did not finish their season with a losing record since the 2015-16 season. The Pistons look to build off of last season, and right now the arrow is pointing up. How far up they rise in wins depends on their roster structure and how far their coach can take them. If Casey can kick things up a notch and help this team win above 50 games (more on this with our fifth bold prediction), he will certainly be in the discussion. The last Pistons coach to win coach of the year was current Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle , when he won the award in 2002.

5. Detroit will win over 50 games this season

A lot will have to go right for this prediction to come to fruition. This starts with keeping Blake Griffin healthy when the playoffs start. Blake Griffin has experience winning playoff games, something the Pistons have not been able to do since the 2007-08 season. Another year under Dwane Casey should also help the Pistons with continuity. Off-season key acquisitions Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris will also be able to help as veterans/leaders for some of the younger/inexperienced guys on the current roster.

If the Pistons can win above 50 games, it’s possible they can inch their way into a top four seed, and have home court advantage for the first round of the 2019-20 season. If the Pistons remain stagnant (another first round exit), then next off-season will be interesting in seeing which direction the Pistons will go heading into the 2020-21 season: do they blow it up, or continue to build?

Detroit heads into Bankers Life Fieldhouse to face the Indiana Pacers this upcoming Wednesday, October 23rd for their first game of the season.

Keeping All-Star Blake Griffin healthy is key to the Detroit Pistons season

The Detroit Pistons will go as far as power forward Blake Griffin takes them this upcoming season. Griffin enjoyed a career year last season, his first full season with the Pistons since being traded to Detroit during the 2017-18 season.

The Pistons plan this season is to keep Blake Griffin healthy for a potential playoff run. There have already been talks of Blake Griffin having rest nights (load management) this season, even before the minor hamstring injury occurred that has kept him out the previous two preseason games.

Last season, Blake Griffin played in 75 games, the first time he’s played over 70 games in a season since the 2013-14 season, in which he played in 80 games with the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin went on to average 24.5 points (career-high), 7.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 three-pointers (also a career-high) a game. Blake was also named an NBA All-Star this past season, something he’s looking to build on for this upcoming season.

Blake played through what appeared to be a sore left knee in Detroit’s game four loss to the Milwaukee Bucks this past post-season. He later went on to have arthroscopic left knee surgery this off-season to correct the issue. Blake appears to be healthy at the moment besides a minor hamstring injury (Blake is expected to be all systems go when the regular season begins October 23rd), but the Pistons will not risk their star player’s health by playing him in all 82 games this season.

In a key acquisition this off-season, Detroit Pistons signed point guard Derrick Rose to a two-year contract. Derrick Rose played in 51 games last season while averaging 18 points, 4.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers per game. Derrick Rose has not played in at least 70 games in a season since doing so during his 2010-11 season with the Chicago Bulls.

Rose has been receiving praise this preseason from Head Coach Dwane Casey. Derrick Rose is expected to come off the bench to begin the season behind incumbent starter Reggie Jackson but may close out games next to Jackson this upcoming season. Rose’s health is also key to Detroit making a post-season run, as health has not been on his side since he was named Most Valuable Player during the 2010-11 season.

Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose took their respective teams (Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls) to the playoffs before joining the Pistons. Their leadership will be key on and off the court for two time All-Star center Andre Drummond, and the rest of the roster. Keeping them healthy should be Detroit’s main priority this season.

The Pistons will face their first test against Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers next Wednesday, October 23rd on the road to begin the season.

Blake Griffin felt lack of “respect” by Clippers during trade

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin put together arguably the best season of his career in Motown in 2018-19, appearing in 75 games and helping the Pistons back to an albeit brief playoff appearance.

But the first portion of his career was spent with the Los Angeles Clippers, with whom he gained worldwide fame. Prior to the 2017-18 NBA Season, he signed what he thought was a lifetime deal to remain with the Clippers, only to be dealt to the Pistons in January of 2018.

During an interview with Alex Wong of Yahoo Sports, Griffin revealed some details behind the trade, saying it completely took him by surprise and that he wasn’t privy to the details until it already went through.

“I didn’t want the [free agency] pitch anymore than anybody else did. To me it wasn’t about the fake jersey retirement, that’s not when I was like, ‘oh yeah, I’m signing back here.’ It was the best decision at the time for me. At the end of the day, the only thing that I wish happened differently was I wish they had given me the same respect like some teams give to guys when they say, ‘hey, we’re gonna go in a different direction and we want to make this work for everybody.’ I went in and asked somebody in the front office on the day of. It was tip-toed around. [They said] you’ll be the first call, that didn’t happen. I completely understand if a team wants to go in a different direction. I just wish I had been privy to the information before everybody else was.”

Blake Griffin implies Pistons fans appreciate him more than Clippers fans did

Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin spent the first part of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, and last season signed what he thought was a contract that would keep him with the Clippers for life. But it all changed when the sports world was stunned by the news of Griffin being dealt to the Pistons in January of 2018 in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a protected first-round pick and a future second-rounder.

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All Griffin has done since then has take on the role of leader and mentor for the Pistons players, and helped lead them to their first playoff spot since 2016 with arguably the best season of his career.

During an inteview with Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Griffin had plenty to say about how he feels right at home with the Pistons, and feels more appreciated than he did out west.

“As far as getting settled and feeling at home here, it was so easy, because it feels so much like Oklahoma,” he says. “You live 20 miles from somewhere, it takes you 20 minutes to get there. It’s not like L.A., five miles takes you 30 minutes. I’m used to this type of flow, this type of feel. For the first 19 years of my life, this is all I knew until I went to L.A. And even then, when I needed to get away and really recharge, I’d go home to Oklahoma. I don’t think people saw that.

Everybody is, like, ‘OK, we could see somebody at any second.’ And when one person sees you, it doesn’t matter if people know you or not. It’s ‘Hey, can I get a picture—and who are you?’

“Here, people always say, ‘We appreciate what you’re doing.’ No one ever said that in LA. Which is a really cool thing to hear.”

“People believe me now; they didn’t believe me at the time,” he says. “I was looking forward to a fresh start, doing something different. It was time … I still feel pride in being part of the group of players that went to six straight playoff appearances. And that’s the same way I look at this situation. Even if they traded me this summer, I always like that challenge and it’s something coach [Dwane] Casey and I talk a lot about, which is building the foundation of this franchise.”

WHAT?!?! Pistons blow 25 point lead to Clippers, lose 111-101

The Detroit Pistons had their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Little Caesars Arena well in hand, scoring 40 points in the first quarter and leading by 25 points at one point.

They weren’t able to get the win. Los Angeles came back for a stunning 111-101 victory, sending the Pistons to their locker room to a chorus of boos from the frustrated fans. Their record is now 22-29 after having once been in 4th place in the Eastern Conference in early December.

According to Fox Sports Detroit, the loss matched the biggest blown lead in the last 20 years for the Pistons. Coincidently, it was also the biggest comeback in Clippers history.

Bench player Lou Williams scored 16 consecutive points for the Clippers and led all scorers with 39. Another eye opening stat? He outscored the Pistons by himself in the fourth quarter (18-14). What’s worse, the Clippers bench scored 80 points.

“Devastating,” responded head coach Dwane Casey afterwards. “We played as good of basketball as we could play. We were like two different teams; I thought it was some of our best basketball in the first half…..Until we develop those winning habits for four quarters, not two quarters, we are going to be feeling disappointed a lot.”

Forward Blake Griffin certainly was disappointed after the game, calling it a “bad, bad, bad loss.”

“Down the stretch in the third, we had some turnovers,” he said. “When that happens, we just have to sit down and play defense on the other end and we didn’t do that, so we missed some shots and didn’t get stops.”

Meanwhile, his former coach Doc Rivers was certainly happy with the way the game turned out after an ugly first half for his Clippers.

“This is great, as good as it gets for us,” Rivers said. “I thought our guys just hung in there and kept fighting……when your bench scores 80, you’re probably going to win the game, and that’s what happened.”

The Pistons will host the Western Conference leading Denver Nuggets on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.

MUST SEE: Blake Griffin blows off Clippers owner, then drops 44 points

Blake Griffin made his first appearance against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Saturday night since being traded to Detroit last January, and he reminded Clippers fans of what they used to cheer for for nine years.

Griffin scored 44 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals to help the Pistons to a desperately needed 109-104 win. But aside from his monster performance, people noticed a bit of drama before the matchup started.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer made his way down to the Detroit sideline during the player shoot around as Griffin was finishing his pre-game routine. Ballmer tried to shake Griffin’s hand, but didn’t get to as Griffin continued right past Ballmer to the tunnel leading to the locker room.

However, Griffin downplayed the incident, saying he didn’t intentionally snub Ballmer.

“For nine years now, as soon as I’m done doing my pregame shooting, I make sure there’s a path and I take off running to the locker room,” Griffin said. “I don’t stop running. A lot of you know that. A lot of you have been here for a long time and seen me do that before. I don’t change that for anybody. To tweet out something like that, like what you did, was kind of bull****. You know that. But that’s what it was. Plain and simple. It wasn’t anything planned. Every single game I’ve done this for I don’t know how long.”

“I’m not here to answer hypothetical questions, to be honest,” Griffin then replied if he’d shake Ballmer’s hand in a different setting.

Griffin may still have a sour taste in his mouth over being dealt just six months after he signed a five-year, $171 million contract to stay with the Clippers. However, he now considers Detroit his home and is happy to be with the Pistons.

During the game, a video tribute was played on the scoreboard and met with a nice ovation from the crowd.