The Detroit Pistons have two young pieces to potentially build around in Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. In just his second NBA season, Monroe established himself as the Pistons best player and an up-and-coming big man in the league. Monroe led the Pistons in points (15.4 per game), rebounds (9.7 per game), steals (1.26 per game) and field-goal percentage (52.1 percent) as a sophomore last season and will continue to entrench himself as the man in Detroit this season.
Knight, who was second among rookies in scoring with 12.8 points per game, was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team last season. If the second-year point guard can make the same type of strides that Monroe made in his sophomore season, Knight just might establish himself as Detroit's second building block.
Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko are two other pieces that will have a substantial impact on the 2012-2013 Detroit Pistons. Stuckey is an aggressive scorer who gets to the line; and considering the fact that Detroit averaged just 90.9 points per game last season (fourth-worst in the NBA), the Pistons need all the free scoring opportunities that they can get.
Jerebko, who earned all-rookie second-team honors in 2010, will give Detroit some energy and toughness off the bench. The 6'10" forward will likely see time at both the small forward and power forward positions for the Pistons this season.
To a large degree, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko will pretty much determine the type of season that the 2012-2013 Detroit Pistons will have considering the hodgepodge of mediocrity, mediocrity and even more mediocrity that rounds out the rest of the roster.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Detroit Pistons
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 versus Houston Rockets- Pistons open their season with a home loss to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets on Halloween Night (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 at Phoenix Suns- Pistons lose to the Suns at the American Airways Center for the fifth consecutive time (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Sunday, November 4 at Los Angeles Lakers- Pistons fall to the star-studded Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 0-3).
Game 4, Tuesday, November 6 at Denver Nuggets- Pistons drop the first half of a back-to-back to the Nuggets (Record 0-4).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 at Sacramento Kings- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and suffer a road loss to the Kings (Record 0-5).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Pistons fall to Kevin Durant and the Thunder for the seventh straight time (Record 0-6).
Game 7, Saturday, November 10 at Houston Rockets- Pistons end an 0-6 road trip with a loss to the Rockets (Record 0-7).
Game 8, Monday, November 12 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Pistons drop a home game to the visiting Thunder (Record 0-8).
Game 9, Wednesday, November 14 at Philadelphia 76ers- Pistons lose to the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 0-9).
Game 10, Friday, November 16 versus Orlando Magic- Pistons get a home win over the Magic at the Palace (Record 1-9).
Game 11, Sunday, November 18 versus Boston Celtics- Pistons close a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Celtics (Record 1-10).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 21 at Orlando Magic- Pistons drop a road game to the Magic at the Amway Center (Record 1-11).
Game 13, Friday, November 23 versus Toronto Raptors- Pistons defeat the Raptors (Record 2-11).
Game 14, Sunday, November 25 at New York Knicks- Pistons fall to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 2-12).
Game 15, Monday, November 26 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Pistons drop the second half of a back-to-back to the visiting Trail Blazers (Record 2-13).
Game 16, Wednesday, November 28 versus Phoenix Suns- Pistons get a home win over the Suns (Record 3-13).
Game 17, Friday, November 30 at Memphis Grizzlies- Pistons close November with a road loss to the Grizzlies (Record 3-14).
Game 18, Saturday, December 1 at Dallas Mavericks- Pistons drop the second half of a back-to-back to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 3-15).
Game 19, Monday, December 3 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Pistons open a three-game homestand with a victory over Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 4-15).
Game 20, Wednesday, December 5 versus Golden State Warriors- Pistons fall to the visiting Warriors (Record 4-16).
Game 21, Friday, December 7 versus Chicago Bulls- Pistons lose to the Bulls for the 16th straight time (Record 4-17).
Game 22, Saturday, December 8 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Cavaliers (Record 4-18).
Game 23, Monday, December 10 at Philadelphia 76ers- Pistons visit the City of Brotherly Love and lose to Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 4-19).
Game 24, Tuesday, December 11 versus Denver Nuggets- Pistons play their fourth game in five nights and fall to the high-scoring Nuggets (Record 4-20).
Game 25, Friday, December 14 at Brooklyn Nets- Pistons get a road win over Deron Williams and the Nets (Record 5-20).
Game 26, Saturday, December 15 versus Indiana Pacers- Pistons successfully complete a back-to-back with a solid home win over the Pacers (Record 6-20).
Game 27, Monday, December 17 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Pistons close a brief two-game homestand with a loss to Chris Paul and the Clippers (Record 6-21).
Game 28, Wednesday, December 19 at Toronto Raptors- Pistons defeat the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 7-21).
Game 29, Friday, December 21 versus Washington Wizards- Pistons drop a home game to John Wall and the Wizards (Record 7-22).
Game 30, Saturday, December 22 at Washington Wizards- Pistons capture the second half of a home-and-home back-to-back with a victory over the Wizards at the Verizon Center (Record 8-22).
Game 31, Wednesday, December 26 at Atlanta Hawks- Pistons fall to the Hawks at Philips Arena for the ninth consecutive time (Record 8-23).
Game 32, Friday, December 28 versus Miami Heat- Pistons lose to LeBron James and the Heat for the eighth straight time (Record 8-24).
Game 33, Sunday, December 30 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Pistons get a home win over the Bucks (Record 9-24).
Game 34, Tuesday, January 1 versus Sacramento Kings- Pistons open 2013 with a victory over the Kings at the Palace (Record 10-24).
Game 35, Friday, January 4 versus Atlanta Hawks- Pistons fall to the Hawks for the second time in less than two weeks (Record 10-25).
Game 36, Sunday, January 6 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Pistons close a 3-2 homestand with a victory over the Bobcats (Record 11-25).
Game 37, Friday, January 11 at Milwaukee Bucks- Pistons defeat the Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 12-25).
Game 38, Saturday, January 12 versus Utah Jazz- Pistons get a home win over the Jazz in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 13-25).
Game 39, Thursday, January 17 versus New York Knicks- Pistons drop a home game to the Knicks at the O2 Arena in London (Record 13-26).
Game 40, Sunday, January 20 versus Boston Celtics- Pistons return to Detroit and get a solid home win over the Celtics (Record 14-26).
Game 41, Tuesday, January 22 versus Orlando Magic- Pistons beat the Magic in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 15-26).
Game 42, Wednesday, January 23 at Chicago Bulls- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Bulls at the United Center (Record 15-27).
Game 43, Friday, January 25 at Miami Heat- Pistons lose to the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena (Record 15-28).
Game 44, Sunday, January 27 at Orlando Magic- Pistons close an 0-3 road trip with a loss to the Magic (Record 15-29).
Game 45, Tuesday, January 29 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Pistons drop a home game to Brandon Jennings and the Bucks (Record 15-30).
Game 46, Wednesday, January 30 at Indiana Pacers- Pistons fall to the Pacers (Record 15-31).
Game 47, Friday, February 1 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Pistons open a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Cavaliers (Record 15-32).
Game 48, Sunday, February 3 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Pistons lose to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (Record 15-33).
Game 49, Monday, February 4 at New York Knicks- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Knicks (Record 15-34).
Game 50, Wednesday, February 6 versus Brooklyn Nets- Pistons fall to the Nets at the Palace (Record 15-35).
Game 51, Friday, February 8 versus San Antonio Spurs- Pistons drop the first half of a back-to-back to the savvy Spurs (Record 15-36).
Game 52, Saturday, February 9 at Milwaukee Bucks- Pistons lose to the Bucks for the second time in less than two weeks (Record 15-37).
Game 53, Monday, February 11 versus New Orleans Hornets- Pistons get a home win over Anthony Davis and the Hornets (Record 16-37).
Game 54, Wednesday, February 13 versus Washington Wizards- Pistons close the first half of the season with a victory over the Wizards (Record 17-37).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 19 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Pistons fall to the Grizzlies for the seventh straight time (Record 17-38).
Game 56, Wednesday, February 20 at Charlotte Bobcats- Pistons defeat the Bobcats in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 18-38).
Game 57, Friday, February 22 at Indiana Pacers- Pistons lose to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Record 18-39).
Game 58, Saturday, February 23 versus Indiana Pacers- Pistons get a home win over the Pacers in the second half of a home-and-home back-to-back (Record 19-39).
Game 59, Monday, February 25 versus Atlanta Hawks- Pistons close a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Hawks (Record 19-40).
Game 60, Wednesday, February 27 at Washington Wizards- Pistons open a three-game road trip with a loss to the Wizards (Record 19-41).
Game 61, Friday, March 1 at New Orleans Hornets- Pistons defeat the Hornets at New Orleans Arena (Record 20-41).
Game 62, Sunday, March 3 at San Antonio Spurs- Pistons fall to the Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 20-42).
Game 63, Wednesday, March 6 versus New York Knicks- Pistons get a home win over the visiting Knicks (Record 21-42).
Game 64, Friday, March 8 versus Dallas Mavericks- Pistons drop a home game to the Mavericks (Record 21-43).
Game 65, Sunday, March 10 at Los Angeles Clippers- Pistons fall to Blake Griffin and the Clippers in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 21-44).
Game 66, Monday, March 11 at Utah Jazz- Pistons lose to the Jazz in Salt Lake City for the 10th straight time (Record 21-45).
Game 67, Wednesday, March 13 at Golden State Warriors- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Warriors (Record 21-46).
Game 68, Saturday, March 16 at Portland Trail Blazers- Pistons fall to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden for the fifth straight time (Record 21-47).
Game 69, Monday, March 18 versus Brooklyn Nets- Pistons lose to the Nets at the Palace (Record 21-48).
Game 70, Friday, March 22 at Miami Heat- Pistons fall to the Heat and suffer their seventh consecutive loss (Record 21-49).
Game 71, Saturday, March 23 at Charlotte Bobcats- Pistons lose to the Bobcats in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 21-50).
Game 72, Tuesday, March 26 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Pistons continue to struggle and drop a home game to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 21-51).
Game 73, Friday, March 29 versus Toronto Raptors- Pistons close a short two-game homestand with a victory over the Raptors (Record 22-51).
Game 74, Sunday, March 31 at Chicago Bulls- Pistons beat the Bulls for the first time since December 23, 2008 (Record 23-51).
Game 75, Monday, April 1 at Toronto Raptors- Pistons fall to the Raptors on April Fool's Day (Record 23-52).
Game 76, Wednesday, April 3 at Boston Celtics- Pistons get an impressive road win over the Celtics (Record 24-52).
Game 77, Saturday, April 6 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Pistons close a 3-1 road trip with a victory over the Timberwolves (Record 25-52).
Game 78, Sunday, April 7 versus Chicago Bulls- Pistons drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Bulls (Record 25-53).
Game 79, Wednesday, April 10 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Pistons beat the Cavaliers in their penultimate road game of the season (Record 26-53).
Game 80, Friday, April 12 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Pistons fall to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Bobcats (Record 26-54).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Pistons get a home win over the 76ers (Record 27-54).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 at Brooklyn Nets- Pistons close their season with a road loss to the Nets (Record 27-55).
Prediction: The Detroit Pistons will post a losing record and miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Mark is a lifelong fan of the NBA who has loved the game of basketball ever since his first trip to an NBA arena. Mark has watched more basketball games than anyone can count and has hundreds of articles about the NBA published on the internet. Mark also shares his random NBA musings and game-by-game predictions on RandomNBAFan.com.
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Information from ESPN.com's Detroit Pistons 2013 Schedule, Detroit Pistons 2012 Stats, 2011-12 Regular Season NBA Player Stats and Basketball-Reference.com's Detroit Pistons Franchise Index was used for this article.
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