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After a long dry spell, Detroit Pistons make major strides toward relevance in NBA

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Like the economy and auto industry, the Detroit Pistons are on an upswing, delving into the free-agent market to sign Josh Smith and bringing back their talented young core that’s been developing without much notice.

Former UConn center Andre Drummond could become one of the league’s enforcers in the coming years, and power forward Greg Monroe has a punishing post game. The addition of Smith makes the Pistons a legitimate contender for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after some difficult times in Motown.

Team president Joe Dumars made the decision to add former Celtic and longtime Piston Rasheed Wallace to the coaching staff. Wallace retired during 2012-13 after an injury-plagued final season with the Knicks, but his addition to the Pistons’ staff shows the organization’s seriousness about developing Drummond and Monroe.

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