2018-2019 Detroit Pistons Preview: Stay Healthy And The Playoffs Are In Sight

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2017-18 Record: 39-43 (9th in East)

Players Added: Bruce Brown (draft), Jose Calderon (free agency), Zaza Pachulia (free agency), Glenn Robinson III (free agency), Khyri Thomas (draft)

Players Lost: Dwight Buycks (waivers), James Ennis (free agency), Eric Moreland (waivers), Anthony Tolliver (free agency)

Projected Team MVP: Blake Griffin

The best player on the 2017-18 Pistons was Andre Drummond and the veteran big man is still on the roster. With that said, Blake Griffin brings more to the table and, even if it isn’t the easiest decision when selecting Detroit’s projected MVP, it is difficult to imagine Drummond exceeding Griffin if health and circumstances are equal.

Griffin does, however, bring durability issues to the table, as the former Clippers star has not appeared in even 70 games since the 2013-14 season. It isn’t as if Griffin is always injured (seasons with 58, 61 and 67 games played in the recent past), but the Pistons absolutely need their best players available this season and he tops the list.

In 25 games after arriving in Detroit, Griffin posted solid across-the-board numbers, averaging 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Only the assist number exceeded his career-long averages, however, and it will be interesting to see how the Pistons, operating under a new head coach in Dwane Casey, operate on the offensive end of the floor.