2018-19 Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

Blake Griffin and the Pistons are aiming to improve their position for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Coach: Dwane Casey (entering his 10th season, his first with the Pistons; 373-307, .549 overall).

Last Season: 39-43, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees: Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellison, Luke Kennard, Reggie Bullock, Langston Galloway.

Key Additions: Zaza Pachulia (Golden State), Jose Calderon (Cleveland), Glenn Robinson III (Indiana), Bruce Brown (rookie, Miami).

Key Losses: Anthony Tolliver (Minnesota).

Outlook: Like many teams in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons underwent a makeover, owner Tom Gores fired team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy and replaced him with Ed Stefanski and Dwane Casey, respectively. Other than that, though, much in the Motor City remains the same. Detroit lost Anthony Tolliver in free agency to Minnesota, but brought in veterans Zaza Pachulia, Jose Calderon and Glenn Robinson III. Those are minor matters compared to keeping the Pistons’ version of The Big 3 — Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson — all healthy and on the floor at the same time. The oft-injured Jackson played in only 45 games last season and his absence completely sabotaged the Pistons’ goal of reaching the playoffs. With the size of the contracts of Griffin, Drummond and Jackson, improvement will have to come mostly from within for Detroit. If it does not, Griffin is the logical guy to be moved before the Feb. 7 trade deadline to expedite the makeover initiated with the transition from Van Gundy to Stefanski and Casey.