3-on-3: Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat
December, 3, 2013
Andre Drummond and the Pistons are in Miami to take on the Heat, who have won 10 in a row.
1. Fact or Fiction: LeBron, Wade and Bosh will all shoot over 50 percent this season.
Tom Haberstroh: Fact. This shouldn't be a problem for any of these guys with all the space that's afforded to them in Erik Spoelstra's offense. The only question is if the team will shoot over 50 percent, which is looking like a real possibility.
Michael Wallace: Fact. The Heat had the NBA's most efficient offense last season and it has gotten better this season because of the accuracy and unselfishness of the Big Three. James, Bosh and Wade shot career-high percentages last year. They'll be close to those numbers again.
Brian Windhorst: Fact. They did last season and the offense is focused on efficiency so they should again. The question is whether LeBron can go for 60 and Bosh and Wade can stay at 53 like they are now.
2. Fact or Fiction: Andre Drummond will be the second-best player from the 2012 draft.
Haberstroh: Fact. And if Anthony Davis didn't come out strong this season, I might have seen Drummond with the brighter future. Just wait until he's not fighting for space and minutes in a clogged front court. The Big Penguin is just getting started.
Wallace: Fiction. Only because it's way too soon to make anything close to a definitive statement about that crop just yet. Drummond has the biggest upside, but others such as Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Bradley Beal all make legit cases for potential silver status behind Anthony Davis' gold standard. But Drummond is a safe bet.
Windhorst: Fiction. Everyone is so enamored with his athleticism for his size. But his skill development has a long way to go before he becomes a franchise player.
3. Fact or Fiction: Tonight is a first-round playoff preview.
Haberstroh: Fiction. Maybe in a normal Eastern Conference, but the Pistons could fight for the East's third slot this season even with their record. Sad. If they can figure out how to leverage their length on both ends and distribute minutes properly, maybe they'll get there. But I see them in the fifth to sixth seed. The Heat aren't dropping that far.
Wallace: Fiction. This Pistons team, despite some early chemistry flaws, will be in the mix for a higher seed than the seventh or eighth spot in the East. So they should avoid a first-round matchup with Miami. Detroit has the pieces in place for a breakout season after years of rebuilding. But it's still tough to trust them.
Windhorst: Fiction. The Raptors are the only team in the division that are performing at the level that most expected. Everything else has been a surprise. You would think the Nets talent would give them traction when they get healthy, especially since the Raps aren't putting much space between them.