The acquisition of Avery Bradley was a real coup for the Detroit Pistons this summer and they are hoping he can bring a winning culture to the franchise.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy has high hopes for next season after failing to meet expectations last year by not making the playoffs.
The team lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and traded Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics for Bradley but they still have a roster more than capable of securing a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.
With the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks all losing star players, multiple spots could open up in the top eight and the Pistons should have their eyes set on taking one of them.
The addition of Bradley, a player who has experienced a number of winning seasons and made the Conference Finals with the Celtics last year, will be a boost to their chances for a number of reasons.
The 26-year-old has a reputation for being one of the best defenders in the league and has been selected as an All-Defensive player on multiple occasions so he'll certainly help Detroit improve on that end of the floor.
But Van Gundy is hoping to see his competitive spirit rub off on his teammates and Bradley explained what he expects to bring during his introductory press conference.
“Bring a different style of play – nasty,” Bradley said. “That’s what we want to bring. We want to bring a championship back to Detroit. That’s our goal and I’m happy to be here.”
Those words were music to the ears of his new coach.
“I thought a lot of the things he said are things we need to have more of around our team in terms of, he used the word, ‘nasty,’" Van Gundy said.
"The toughness and the defensive approach. He’s going to play hard every day. All of those things he was focused on are things that we need to be focused on.”
With the shooting guard, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, the Pistons have a good core of players to build around and this will be a big season for them as they begin life in a new arena.
Their success will depend largely on the production of All-Star center Drummond who endured a frustrating season last year.
They will certainly need him back to best to stand a chance of competing with the best teams in the east.News Now - Sport News