The Detroit Pistons have big expectations next season but their hopes will largely depend on the form of Blake Griffin.
The franchise has failed to reach the playoffs for two straight years but having made some huge changes in the last six months, they're looking to change that.
They acquired Griffin in a huge trade with the Los Angeles Clippers before February's deadline and also replaced head coach Stan Van Grundy with Dwane Casey.
Casey was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to the number one spot in the Eastern Conference with a franchise record 59 wins.
But he was fired after they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
The Pistons wasted no time snapping him up and they're excited about what he can achieve with the team.
Despite not working with his new players yet, the ex-Raptors coach is already preparing for ways he can improve his new squad.
In particular, he believes he can take Griffin's game to another level if he buys into the vision he has for him.
Casey admitted that working with the talented power forward was one of the things that attracted him to the job in Detroit.
He's impressed by the All-Star's versatility but he has a specific goal he wants him to focus on.
“My goal for him is to be the best passing power forward in the league, which he can do,” Casey said, per SB Nation.
“People look at Draymond Green, they look at all these other guys—point fives and point fours.
"Blake can be a prototypical point four because he’s very intelligent, he has great passing skills.
"What’d he average last year? 6.5 assists per game with the Pistons? There are a lot of ways to measure success beyond just points, and Blake has the ability to do that.”
Nikola Jokic was the only big man in the league who averaged more assists than Griffin last season.
The 29-year-old may not be as flashy with his passing as the Denver Nuggets center but he's just as effective.
He developed a nice partnership with Andre Drummond in the final part of the campaign and they can become a dominant frontcourt tandem with their skill set.
The Pistons can look to play through Griffin and utilise his playmaking abilities and Drummond could be the man that benefits the most from it.
If they can keep him healthy, the former Clippers man can have a great year in Motown and re-establish himself as an All-Star.
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