Go through the gallery to see how Rod Beard ranks the Detroit Pistons in terms of value for the 2018-19 season. (Go here if you have trouble viewing the gallery.)
In the past four years under Stan Van Gundy’s leadership, the Pistons completely revamped their roster, with Andre Drummond as the only holdover from the previous regime. Van Gundy worked quickly to bring in 3-point shooters to complement Drummond’s inside play and to try to fit his offensive scheme.
The Pistons fired Van Gundy in May and brought in Dwane Casey to usher in a new era, with the goal of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Because of the contracts under Van Gundy, most of the roster is the same with the exception of a few new additions by Ed Stefanski, who is doing most of the duties of general manager.
The Pistons have their version of a Big Three, with Drummond, Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson, but the rest of the roster will need to contribute in their own way to make the team balanced and successful.
Each player’s value can vary based on how their contributions and role are perceived but also on how a replacement player would do. Injuries are a big consideration — and in the past couple seasons, the injury bug has bitten the Pistons severely and shown the glaring importance of some of their key players.
Here’s a look at how Rod Beard ranks the Pistons players’ value to the team’s success for 2018-19.