Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/1/13
The revamped Detroit Pistons‘ journey back to the playoffs gets under way in less than a month. With all the dreaded time finally dwindling away, it’s time to make some bold predictions about the Pistons upcoming season: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will assert himself as shooting guard of the future It won’t matter whether or not Caldwell-Pope cracks the starting lineup on opening night because he will assert himself throughout the Pistons’ season as the shooting guard of the future. KCP will get plenty of opportunities to shine for the Pistons and his combination of size, athleticism and shooting ability will prove to be too much for Maurice Cheeks to keep on the bench. Expect Caldwell-Pope to hover around double-digit scoring figures for the Pistons in his rookie season and to have a surprisingly solid year defending on the perimeter. Andre Drummond averages a double-double in second season  This isn’t bold, is it? Probably not given all the hoopla Drummond has received this offseason on and off the floor, but it would be a massive step forward for a 20-year-old, second year center. (Photo Credit: Duane Burleson, Associated Press) Drummond averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in only 20 minutes per game last season. If Drummond is capable of giving the Pistons around 28 minutes per game this season, expect his numbers to inflate to around 12 points and 11 rebounds per game, as well. If Drummond can rebound at a 11 rebound per contest clip, he could contend as one of the league’s top glass cleaners. While we’re on the topic of Drummond, let’s make another bold prediction: He will shoot better than 37 percent from the free throw line this season! 37 percent from the charity stripe is just foul. Drummond must fix this aspect of his game if he expects to garner a monstrous role with the Pistons. But, if Coach ‘Sheed is working with Drummond on a 15-foot jumper, I bet he will also have his free throw shooting ready to roll. Rodney Stuckey is traded at the deadline Stuckey still has a bit of trade value and if his role drastically diminishes further with the arrival of Caldwell-Pope, expect Stuckey to be shipped elsewhere. Whether he’s dealt straight up for a future pick, a role player, or he’s packaged in a blockbuster deal, it seems very likely that Stuckey will want to be part of a new franchise if he sees limited minutes. With all of that said, I will never let go of my Rajon Rondo-to-the-Pistons speculation. His role with the Pistons just makes way too much sense and if Joe Dumars isn’t satisfied with the way the team is playing after making all these drastic moves, he will do something about it. Wishful thinking? Yes. Pistons win 44 games and make playoffs as a No. 6 seed The retooled roster and coaching staff will have a major impact and yes, Dee-troit Basketball will have the engines revving and rolling all season and eventually into the playoffs. 44 wins after a 29-win season in 2012-13? I understand that can be hard to fathom, but the team is young and athletic and will cause all sorts of havoc on the defensive end. The Pistons will also be a force on the boards with the Drummond-Monroe-Smith frontline. The weakness of the Pistons will continue to be in the backcourt. Although, it is vastly improved from a year ago, it could be the team’s hindrance because of it’s youth and decision making. Jennings must see his game mature in Detroit and take advantage of the weapons surrounding him. Take Our Poll  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report suggests C.J. Wilson’s teammates not happy he’s seeking season ending surgery

Clowney’s father arrested for attempted murder outside club

Report: L.A.-area venues wary of temporarily hosting NFL teams

Jimmy Graham to block for Marshawn 75 percent of time

Kobe Bryant not sure if 2015-16 is his final NBA season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Arian Foster could be headed to injured reserve

Ari Fleischer: Belichick 'can get away with' shutting down media

RG3 on team's expectatons: Not asking me to be Superman

Bills' Kromer issues suspension statement without apology

Report: Patriots restructure Rob Gronkowski's contract

Agent: Rory McIlroy not booked for PGA Championship practice

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

NHL and MLB Advanced Media announce $1.2 billion deal

Knicks analyst Walt Frazier isn’t very enthused about team’s chances next season

Dave Dombrowski is out as Tigers GM

Bubba Watson’s caddie: Bubba has a ‘fear of crowds’

Melvin Gordon’s mom won’t wear his jersey this year

Waiver wire deals to keep an eye on following trade deadline

Chip Kelly: No regrets keeping Riley Cooper on team after rant

Houston Astros have altered their fate

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

Gronk, Big Papi go 'country' in latest Dunkin Donuts video

Phillies showing signs of future success

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

MLB season in NY better than expected

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker