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The Detroit Pistons haven’t been this good since the days of Rasheed Wallace, Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups (aka, Mr. Big Shot) roamed the court.
Today, the names are a little less familiar to outsiders, but the results have been relatively the same.
Following Friday’s 113-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, today’s Pistons have won seven of eight and are 9-3 overall. That’s the best start since the Pistons of 2005-06 won 10 of their first 12.
”I think the goal is to always learn, whether you’re victorious or in a loss,” said Pistons guard Reggie Jackson. ”Regardless of what our record is right now, playing well, we’ve been trying to go back to the drawing board each and every game just to be better than we were the day before.”
Those Pistons went on to finish 64-18 and reach the Eastern Conference finals, before losing to Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the eventual-champion Miami Heat.
These Pistons? Well, they didn’t make the playoffs last season. But they are riding the wave of improvement behind the likes of Jackson, Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and more.
I visited Detroit the other night and wrote what coach Stan Van Gundy thinks of the fast start. You can read it here.
Otherwise, this is a team to watch already, as these Pistons are looking a lot like the Pistons of old.