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Mag NBA preview: Pistons

By Bradford Doolittle
ESPN The Magazine

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PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL operations Joe Dumars struck gold in the 2012 draft: Center Andre Drummond's 21.6 PER was the second highest ever for a player under 20. Although Drummond and Greg Monroe make the best Pistons frontcourt duo since the '80s, Dumars has struck out at small forward. Enter Josh Smith, who isn't even a true 3; his 16.1 PER there pales against his 18.5 as a PF, and he loves to shoot long 2s. Talent isn't the issue -- it's whether Dumars has found the right fit.

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