Despite only finishing 41-41, the Detroit Pistons were able to take advantage of the weak eastern conference and make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Although it was a good moment for the fanbase to see their team back in the postseason, the Pistons went on to get decimated by the Bucks in a sweep that gave them a quick reality check about the progress they have to make in order to become a true threat in the east. Despite the quick exit, Detroit couldn’t have asked too much more from Blake Griffin, who made his 6th All-Star game appearance while also earning a spot on the All-NBA 3rd Team. A lot of this was due to the fact that Griffin was finally able to stay healthy, as he played his highest number of games since 2014 while turning back the clock and recreating some of the production he had back when he was considered one of the top 10 players in the game. If Blake can continue to keep his body intact, then he should be able to keep the Pistons in the playoff hunt.
That being said, the players that surround Griffin on this Detroit roster may put a ceiling on how much success to expect. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson have the two next highest salaries on the team behind Blake, and while they are fine NBA players they have yet to show that they are worth the money that they’re being paid. Drummond is a double-double machine, but his inability to score from anywhere other than at the rim allows defenses to clog the paint and limit the spacing of the offense. The same issue arises on defense, as the further away he is from the hoop the more of a liability he becomes. As for Jackson, he has just been able to consistently put it all together on the court, and for someone who clearly has the talent to be one of the better guards in the league he will need to step up if Detroit wants to improve.
As for the rest of the roster, the Pistons have slowly been acquiring some depth that could keep the team afloat during the grueling regular season. This has come from veteran free agent signing through the like of Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris while also through their recent draft selections of Luke Kennard, Bruce Brown, and Sekou Doumbouya. This is perhaps an area where Detroit has an advantage over other teams in their tier, as they will be well prepared if one of their starters (other than Griffin) has to rest or miss games with an injury.