The #Pistons will open up the season Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Washington Wizards. Detroit, with new head coach Maurice Cheeks will start this 2013-14 season with high hopes as they try to make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
- The good: New blood, old blood, and new beginnings.
- The bad: Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey are out tonight.
- The unknown: Will Chauncey Billups applause shake the rafters of Palace? Who will be the last starter announced by Mason in pre-game introductions?
- The known: Sheed is back! Rasheed Wallace will return to the Pistons’ bench this year as a member of Maurice Cheeks’ staff.
The Starting Lineup:
- PG: Will Bynum (7th year; Georgia Tech)
- SG: Chauncey Billups (17th year; Colorado)
- SF: Josh Smith (10th year; Oak Hill Academy)
- PF: Greg Monroe (4th year; Georgetown)
- C: Andre Drummond (2nd year; Connecticut)
Best of the rest:
SG/SF: #25 – Kyle Singler (2nd year; Duke)
SG: #5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Rookie; Georgia)
PG: #34 – Peyton Siva (Rookie; Louisville)
PF: #9 -Tony Mitchell (Rookie; North Texas)
SF/PF: #33 – Jonas Jerebko (4th year:;Sweden)
C: #55 – Josh Harrellson (3rd year; Kentucky)
SG: #13 – Luigi Datome (Rookie; Italy)
PF: #31 – Charlie Villanueva (9th year; Connecticut)
OUT – PG/SG: #3 – Rodney Stuckey (7th year; Eastern Washington)
OUT – PG: #7 – Brandon Jennings (5th year; Italy)
You can still get in the door to watch opening night festivities. Tickets as low as $12 with no ticket fees! Offer code: gopistons
Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.
Let’s Get It Started
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Video courtesy of Pistons.com
Here’s to a great season!