Detroit Pistons’ 2020-21 NBA predictions: What is the best-case situation?


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The NBA season is right here — that was fast — which implies it is time for our Detroit Pistons predictions for 2020-21.

The Pistons go to Minnesota within the season opener Wednesday — see their whole first-half schedule right here — which kicks off a 72-game dash. The Pistons are scheduled to play 9 units of back-to-back video games within the first half, which runs via March 4.

One have a look at the roster and also you’d assume you are seeing double: In, amongst others, are Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor, Josh Jackson, Killian Hayes, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart. Gone are Luke Kennard, Bruce Brown and Christian Wooden.

So, how will the revamped roster fare in Yr 3 underneath coach Dwane Casey, and Yr 1 underneath common supervisor Troy Weaver’s watch?

[ What I liked and didn’t like about the Pistons’ wild offseason moves ]

Free Press sports activities writers make predictions for the 2020-21 season:

Omari Sankofa II, Pistons beat author

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is defended by New York Knicks forward Julius Randle during the preseason opener Dec. 11, 2020 at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit Pistons ahead Blake Griffin is defended by New York Knicks ahead Julius Randle throughout the preseason opener Dec. 11, 2020 at Little Caesars Area.

Greatest storyline you’re fascinated by: Killian Hayes’ rookie season. For now, the franchise is staking its future on his growth. He’ll have a possibility to be within the rookie-of-the-year race, assuming he finds his footing as a starter.

Finest-case situation: If Blake Griffin is not moved on the deadline and is wholesome, I can see the Pistons being within the combine for a play-in sport.

Worst-case situation: Backside-three within the East. The roster is awkwardly constructed and lacks taking pictures, the first half of the schedule is brutal and their two greatest gamers, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, may very well be moved on the commerce deadline.

Main scorer: Griffin, 21 factors per sport.

Will Blake Griffin be traded earlier than the deadline: Sure.

Will they make play-in match/playoffs: No. They will want Griffin wholesome for the complete season to make noise. And if Griffin is wholesome, it’s going to incentivize them to maneuver him. They will end 21-51.

East playoff groups, 1-8: Bucks, Celtics, Nets, 76ers, Raptors, Warmth, Hawks, Pacers.

West playoff groups, 1-8: Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Jazz, Blazers, Warriors, Suns.

Convention finals: Bucks over Celtics in 7; Lakers over Blazers in 5.

NBA Finals: Lakers over Bucks in 7.

[ Here is the Detroit Pistons’ 2020-21 season first-half schedule ]

Jeff Seidel, columnist

Pistons guard Derrick Rose drives the ball against Celtics guard Marcus Smart in the first quarter at TD Garden, Jan. 15, 2020.
Pistons guard Derrick Rose drives the ball towards Celtics guard Marcus Sensible within the first quarter at TD Backyard, Jan. 15, 2020.

Greatest storyline you’re fascinated by: Are these rookies legit cornerstones of a rebuild or simply gamers?

Finest-case situation: Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose keep wholesome lengthy sufficient for the Pistons to commerce them.

Worst-case situation: Griffin and Rose get injured. Killian Hayes struggles, as many rookie level guards do. Mason Plumlee performs like a backup. And the Pistons’ offense is abysmal.

Main scorer: Griffin, 21 factors per sport.

Will Blake Griffin be traded earlier than the deadline: Sure.

Will they make play-in match/playoffs: No playoffs. They will go 25-47.

East playoff groups, 1-8: Bucks, Celtics, 76ers, Warmth, Nets, Raptors, Pacers, Hawks.

West playoff groups, 1-8: Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, Jazz, Nuggets, Suns, Rockets, Warriors.

Convention finals: Bucks over Celtics in 5; Lakers over Clippers in 6.

NBA Finals: Lakers over Bucks in 6.

Shawn Windsor, columnist

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes is defended by New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina on Dec. 11, 2020, during a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes is defended by New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina on Dec. 11, 2020, throughout a preseason sport at Little Caesars Area.

Greatest storyline you’re fascinated by: Could I’ve two? Sure? Thanks. The primary is the event of the kids, notably Killian Hayes. The second is whether or not Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose end the yr as Pistons.

Finest-case situation: No. 7 seed, propelled by a bodily, defensive-minded outfit and that Griffin leads a reliable offense.

Worst-case situation: Accidents to Griffin and Rose and the newcomers show to be an ill-fitting mess.

Main scorer: Griffin, 22 factors per sport.

Will Blake Griffin be traded earlier than the deadline: No.

Will they make play-in match/playoffs: No. They will end 24-48.

East playoff groups, 1-8: Bucks, Nets, Celtics, Warmth, 76ers, Raptors, Pacers, Hawks.

West playoff groups, 1-8: Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Jazz, Suns, Blazers, Grizzlies.

Convention finals: Nets over Bucks in 7; Lakers over Clippers in 7.

NBA Finals: Lakers over Nets in 6.

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