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Who makes the 8th seed in the East?

October 15, 2017

 

Now pre-season is over, it's time to talk about my beloved Detroit Pistons and their potential battle for the 8th seed. 

 

Just so you get an idea of my decision to edit this post, here is my Eastern Conference playoffs prediction:

 

Celtics

Cavs

Raptors

Wizards

Bucks

Heat

Hornets

Pistons

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Sixers

Hawks

Pacers

Nets

Bulls

Knicks

Magic

 

 

So yes, I've chosen the Pistons  over the Sixers in the race for the 8th seed. Why? Because of experience and the Pistons proven ability to make the playoffs with a similar team. Detroit made the postseason in 2015-16 and had a nine win improvement over that season in the one just passed. So despite them missing out on the playoffs, they improved massively. 

 

But is that the on reason I'm picking Detroit? No, the addition of Avery Bradley is. simple. The trade for Bradley this off-season is going to be a huge catalyst for success in the motor city. He should be able to motivate the locker room and help to revise the defense of Andre Drummond and the rest of the team. 

 

 If you want to compare pure talent side by side, the  you could easily talk the Sixers into the post season. But there's more going on in Detroit than people think, and that should be a concern for the other teams in the East. 

 

Here's my projected starting line up both teams and the bench units that will support them...

 

STARTERS

 

Pistons               

PG: Jackson 

SG: Bradley

SF: Harris

PF: Leuer 

C: Drummond

 

Sixers 

PG: Fultz

SG: Redick

SF/PF: Simmons/Saric 

C: Embiid

 

BENCH

 

Pistons 

Smith

Galloway

Johnson

Kennard

Ellenson

Tolliver

Boban

 

Sixers

McConnell

Bayless

Stauskas

Cabarrot

Covington

Anderson

Johnson

 

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Okafor

Holmes

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