5 reasons the Detroit Pistons can win the Eastern Conference in 2018

The Pistons have high hopes for 2018. - [ESPN / YouTube screencap]
The Pistons have high hopes for 2018. - [ESPN / YouTube screencap]

The NBA preseason begins next week and fans in Motown are anticipating some major improvements in 2018.

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Blake and Andre

These two can be a dominant force in the East this season - that is, as long as they stay healthy. Last season, Andre Drummond improved his stats, once again, from the previous year, by averaging 15 PPG (13 in 2017) and 16.9 (13.4) rebounds per contest. A full season with Blake Griffin at his side should make these two one of the top duos in the NBA.


Youth improvement

Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson, and Luke Kennard. If these three continue to trend upward from last season, Detroit should easily win 10 to 12 more games than they did in 2017. Bullock was a pleasant surprise for Detroit last season. The 27-year-old averaged nearly 12 PPG in 2017-18, which is well above his career average of 5.5. Johnson and Kennard, who are both 22 years of age, will also be looked upon to provide some punch on offense.

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