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For our 2006 Pistons Preview, we need to start where we ended: as one on the best four teams in the NBA. While memories of Pistons v. Heat like Ryan’s great set of photos are no doubt painful, they are also a reminder of just how good the Pistons were in 2005. The off-season saw center Ben Wallace lured away by big bucks from the Chicago Bulls.
In his DETROIT PISTONS PREVIEW, Detroit Bad Boys expects the points sacrificed on D to be made up with a more efficient and dynamic O. He seems pretty happy with the Pistons pre-season performance and says of new center Nazr Mohammed: “I think we can all agree that he looks like a fine addition to the squad, flashing offensive skills that are a order of magnitude better than anything we’ve seen from our starting center in a long, long time. How long? Olden Polynice long.” Olden Polynice? That’s long.
Need4Sheed is your #1 source for Detroit Piston video & wallpaper and some great observations as well. Like many who have been watching the Boys in Blue over the preseason, Natalie is impressed with the play of Jason Maxiel, a 2nd year forward from Cinci who is an absolute BEAST. Check out this interview where Maxiel talks about his dismantling of the Wizards.
PISTONS: What we learned in the Detroit Free Press says that newcomers Nazr Mohammed and Flip Murray are fitting in well and that Jason Maxiell‚Äôs strong preseason showing might force Saunders to give him some minutes too.
ESPN’s Daily Dime Pistons Preview rates the team a solid 1.8: best in the Eastern Conference. Analyst John Hollinger (who gives the team its worst ranking) has this to say about the D in the D:
For years, Detroit’s interior defense had opponents cowering in fear as they shied away at taking the ball at shot-blockers Ben and Rasheed Wallace. That fear is less now that Big Ben chimes in Chicago, but his absence may garner more attention for the Pistons’ other quality defenders.
Detroit Pistons 2006-2007 Roster
1 Chauncey Billups G
8 Will Blalock G
34 Dale Davis C-F
12 Ronald Dupree G
32 Richard Hamilton G
10 Lindsey Hunter G
25 Amir Johnson F
54 Jason Maxiell F
24 Antonio McDyess F
13 Nazr Mohammed C
6 Ronald “Flip” Murray G
22 Tayshaun Prince F
Cheik Samb ** C
36 Rasheed Wallace F-C
**Unsigned draft pick