The Detroit Pistons have everything on your side now. Time, wins, great players and some say it may be one of the best NBA team to ever grace the NBA professionals courts. Look at the last record in the Detroit station 54 wins and 28 losses making them first in the Central Division. Also, consider the fact that two years ago, he won the NBA title, maintaining excellent play throughout the season and with exceptional training. First, the former Detroit coach Larry Brown has moved to New York. Brown is often credited with developing the fabulous defense that gave the Pistons that winning edge. Brown is also credited with leaving players and fans angry in the wake of his decision to move to New York.
Now the coach Flip Saunders, in his eleventh season of coaching with 411 wins and 328 losses under his belt, will try to heat up the courts as Detroit new coach. Fans can expect to see a combination of unmatched defense as well as a diligent offense providing the scores needed to excel this season. Saunders transferred from the Minnesota Timberwolves after ten very successful seasons of coaching. Offense has always been considered Coach Saunders strength. This should give Detroit the edge it needs to stay on top.
Regarding the members of the team to Detroit, G. Maurice Evans was added this year. After playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2001, Evans played in Europe before returning to play with Sacramento and then moving on to Detroit. Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Carlos Arroyo, Carlos Delfino, Darko Milicic, Antonio McDyess, Lindsey Hunter and Tayshaun Prince remain from last year's line-up. There were no key players lost this season.
Of course, Detroit is against some stiff competition. This is never an easy task to be the best of the best in the NBA, but it looks like Detroit has achieved this goal. Fans consider Saunders a good coach, but many wonder if he will be able to bring another championship to the Motor City. If Saunders is able to get the players to play to their potential and adapt to his coaching philosophy, Detroit will be a team to be reckoned with this season. If the current players are able to use the teachings of Brown Saunders and techniques, this can be one of the best teams ever in Detroit.
Detroit is very motivated and very excited to finish this season on top. It does not help that starting five Pistons will be returning. Beginning with Chauncey Billups, who would have won one second MVP right in the final had his team made it through the series, he will be joined by Richard Hamilton, an established veteran. Center Ben Wallace at 6 foot 9 inches will make the defense glow again. Antonio McDyess will play again a backup first role. He is known for his play during the playoffs. It will start rookie aid veteran Dale Davis. Roster moves were minimal this season but those that were made should be key to the overall success of the team this season.
The only things that could possibly hold this team back would be key player injuries or members of the team have failed to resolve the Saunders style of play. Except injuries this team can get the NBA title in the 2005-06 season.
Detroit is the team to watch this year. You should see some exciting play, different styles and a newly developed offense to complement the already strong defense. This team has all the components of a winner including: good coaching, great defense, strong offense, and great staff. Pistons are easily one of the best team on the field today, it is very possible that this is one of the best NBA teams ever seen!