After a disappointing season, the Detroit Pistons will take a gamble on former All-Star and dynamic scorer Tracy McGrady. A healthy McGrady can truly make a difference. But if the McGrady gamble does not pay off the Pistons will disappoint once again.
Last summer, the Detroit Pistons signed two players with score-first mentalities and hired a head coach who is lauded for his offensive mind. Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Head Coach John Kuester weren’t expected to lead the Pistons to the playoffs, but they were expected to bring some offensive firepower to Detroit.
Offensively, the Detroit Pistons were-to say the very least-a disappointment last season. They were in the bottom third of the NBA in offensive efficiency (21st), field-goal percentage (27th), and points per game (29th).
This season the Pistons will take a gamble on Tracy McGrady, a former all-star, who their Central Division rival, the Chicago Bulls decided to pass on. If healthy, McGrady can provide the Pistons a dynamic scorer who can truly make a difference.
However, if the McGrady gamble fails to pay off, this Pistons team will be the same one that disappointed last season.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 27 at New Jersey- Pistons open their season with a road win over the New Jersey Nets (Record 1-0).
Game 2, Friday, October 29 versus Thunder- Pistons drop their home opener to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Record 1-1).
Game 3, Saturday, October 30 at Chicago- Pistons fall to the Chicago Bulls and lose their first matchup with a division foe (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Tuesday, November 2 versus Celtics- Pistons lose to the Boston Celtics for the third consecutive time (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 3 at Atlanta- Pistons drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Atlanta Hawks (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Friday, November 5 versus Bobcats- Pistons defeat the Charlotte Bobcats and capture their first home win of the season (Record 2-4).
Game 7, Sunday, November 7 versus Warriors- Pistons get a home win over the run-and-gun Golden State Warriors (Record 3-4).
Game 8, Tuesday, November 9 at Portland- Pistons fall to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (Record 3-5).
Game 9, Friday, November 12 at Los Angeles Clippers- Pistons lose a road game to the Clippers (Record 3-6).
Game 10, Sunday, November 14 at Sacramento- Pistons defeat the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena (Record 4-6).
Game 11, Monday, November 15 at Golden State- Pistons play their third road game in four nights and fall to the Warriors (Record 4-7).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 17 versus Lakers- Pistons drop a home game to the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers (Record 4-8).
Game 13, Sunday, November 21 versus Wizards- Pistons complete a brief two-game home stand with a victory over the Washington Wizards (Record 5-8).
Game 14, Tuesday, November 23 at Dallas- Pistons lose to the Dallas Mavericks for the fifth straight time (Record 5-9).
Game 15, Wednesday, November 24 at Memphis- Pistons fall to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 5-10).
Game 16, Friday, November 26 versus Bucks- Pistons get a home win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Palace (Record 6-10).
Game 17, Sunday, November 28 versus Knicks- Pistons get a close win over the New York Knicks (Record 7-10).
Game 18, Tuesday, November 30 at Orlando- Pistons fall to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center (Record 7-11).
Game 19, Wednesday, December 1 at Miami- Pistons drop a road game to the Miami Heat All-Star Trio (Record 7-12).
Game 20, Friday, December 3 versus Magic- Pistons get an impressive home win over the Orlando Magic (Record 8-12).
Game 21, Sunday, December 5 versus Cavaliers- Pistons lose to Central Division rival Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 8-13).
Game 22, Tuesday, December 7 at Houston- Pistons fall to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center (Record 8-14).
Game 23, Wednesday, December 8 at New Orleans- Pistons lose to the New Orleans Hornets and drop their seventh straight road game (Record 8-15).
Game 24, Friday, December 10 at Minnesota- Pistons finish a 1-2 road trip with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (Record 9-15).
Game 25, Saturday, December 11 versus Raptors- Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors to begin a four-game home stand (Record 10-15).
Game 26, Tuesday, December 14 versus Hawks- Pistons fall to the visiting Atlanta Hawks (Record 10-16).
Game 27, Friday, December 17 versus Clippers- Pistons get back on track with a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (Record 11-16).
Game 28, Sunday, December 19 versus Hornets- Pistons drop a home game to the New Orleans Hornets (Record 11-17).
Game 29, Wednesday, December 22 at Toronto- Pistons fall to the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 11-18).
Game 30, Sunday, December 26 versus Bulls- Pistons lose to the Chicago Bulls for the ninth consecutive time (Record 11-19).
Game 31, Monday, December 27 at Charlotte- Pistons fall to the Charlotte Bobcats and drop both halves of a back-to-back (Record 11-20).
Game 32, Wednesday, December 29 versus Celtics- Pistons lose to the Boston Celtics and suffer their fifth straight loss (Record 11-21).
Game 33, Friday, December 31 at Phoenix- Pistons fall to the Phoenix Suns and end the year with a road loss in the desert (Record 11-22).
Game 34, Monday, January 3 at Utah- Pistons continue to struggle and drop a game to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 11-23).
Game 35, Tuesday, January 4 at Lakers- Pistons lose to the Los Angeles Lakers (Record 11-24).
Game 36, Saturday, January 8 versus 76ers- Pistons put an end to their losing streak with a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 12-24).
Game 37, Monday, January 10 at Chicago- Pistons fall to the Bulls at the United Center for the 10th consecutive time (Record 12-25).
Game 38, Wednesday, January 12 versus Grizzlies- Pistons drop a home game to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies (Record 12-26).
Game 39, Friday, January 14 at Toronto- Pistons lose a close road game to the Toronto Raptors (Record 12-27).
Game 40, Saturday, January 15 versus Kings- Pistons get a home win over the Sacramento Kings (Record 13-27).
Game 41, Monday, January 17 versus Mavericks- Pistons fall to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Martin Luther King Day (Record 13-28).
Game 42, Wednesday, January 19 at Boston- Pistons drop a road game to the Eastern Conference Boston Celtics at the TD Garden (Record 13-29).
Game 43, Friday, January 21 at New Jersey- Pistons beat the New Jersey Nets to close a short two-game road trip (Record 14-29).
Game 44, Saturday, January 22 versus Suns- Pistons play for the third time in four nights and just can’t keep up with the fast-paced Phoenix Suns (Record 14-30).
Game 45, Monday, January 24 at Orlando- Pistons fall to the Orlando Magic (Record 14-31).
Game 46, Wednesday, January 26 versus Nuggets- Pistons get a home win over Chauncey Billups and the Denver Nuggets (Record 15-31).
Game 47, Friday, January 28 at Miami- Pistons lose to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena (Record 15-32).
Game 48, Sunday, January 30 at New York- Pistons fall to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 15-33).
Game 49, Wednesday, February 2 versus Bobcats- Pistons lose a close game to the defensive-minded Charlotte Bobcats (Record 15-34).
Game 50, Friday, February 4 versus Nets- Pistons get a close win over the New Jersey Nets (Record 16-34).
Game 51, Saturday, February 5 at Milwaukee- Pistons lose to division rival Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 16-35).
Game 52, Tuesday, February 8 versus Spurs- Pistons drop a home game to Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs (Record 16-36).
Game 53, Wednesday, February 9 at Cleveland- Pistons fall to the Cleveland Cavaliers and drop the second half of a back-to-back (Record 16-37).
Game 54, Friday, February 11 versus Heat- Pistons begin a five-game home stand with a loss to the Miami Heat (Record 16-38).
Game 55, Sunday, February 13 versus Trail Blazers- Pistons drop a home game to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers (Record 16-39).
Game 56, Monday, February 14 versus Hawks- Pistons fall to the Atlanta Hawks and lose their sixth straight game (Record 16-40).
Game 57, Wednesday, February 16 versus Pacers- Pistons lose to the Indiana Pacers for the seventh consecutive time to close the first half of the season (Record 16-41).
Game 58, Tuesday, February 22 versus Rockets- Pistons resume their home stand with a victory over the Houston Rockets (Record 17-41).
Game 59, Wednesday, February 23 at Indiana- Pistons fall to Danny Granger and the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 17-42).
Game 60, Friday, February 25 at Philadelphia- Pistons defeat the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 18-42).
Game 61, Saturday, February 26 versus Jazz- Pistons lose to the Utah Jazz for the 12th consecutive time (Record 18-43).
Game 62, Tuesday, March 1 at Milwaukee- Pistons fall to the Milwaukee Bucks to begin the month of March (Record 18-44).
Game 63, Wednesday, March 2 versus Timberwolves- Pistons get the second half of a back-to-back by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fifth straight time (Record 19-44).
Game 64, Sunday, March 6 versus Wizards- Pistons beat the Washington Wizards for the eighth consecutive time (Record 20-44).
Game 65, Wednesday, March 9 at San Antonio- Pistons begin a three-game road trip with an impressive win over the San Antonio Spurs (Record 21-44).
Game 66, Friday, March 11 at Oklahoma City- Pistons drop a road game to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center (Record 21-45).
Game 67, Saturday, March 12 at Denver- Pistons play their third road game in four nights and fall to the Denver Nuggets in the Mile High City (Record 21-46).
Game 68, Wednesday, March 16 versus Raptors- Pistons get a home win over the visiting Toronto Raptors (Record 22-46).
Game 69, Friday, March 18 versus Knicks- Pistons drop a home game to Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks (Record 22-47).
Game 70, Sunday, March 20 at Atlanta- Pistons fall to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena for the sixth straight time (Record 22-48).
Game 71, Wednesday, March 23 versus Heat- Pistons fall to the Miami Heat (Record 22-49).
Game 72, Friday, March 25 at Cleveland- Pistons drop a road game to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 22-50).
Game 73, Saturday, March 26 versus Pacers- Pistons defeat the visiting Indiana Pacers (Record 23-50).
Game 74, Wednesday, March 30 at Indiana- Pistons lose to the Pacers (Record 23-51).
Game 75, Friday, April 1 versus Bulls- Pistons begin April with a loss to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (Record 23-52).
Game 76, Sunday, April 3 at Boston- Pistons get an impressive road win over the Boston Celtics (Record 24-52).
Game 77, Tuesday, April 5 at Washington- Pistons get a close road win over the Washington Wizards (Record 25-52).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 6 versus Nets- Pistons defeat the New Jersey Nets and sweep the season series 4-0 (Record 26-52).
Game 79, Friday, April 8 versus Bucks- Pistons get a home win over division rival Milwaukee Bucks (Record 27-52).
Game 80, Sunday, April 10 at Charlotte- Pistons drop a close game to the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena (Record 27-53).
Game 81, Monday, April 11 versus Cavaliers- Pistons fall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their final home game of the season (Record 27-54).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 13 at Philadelphia- Pistons close the season with a road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 27-55).
Prediction: With largely the same team they had last year, the Detroit Pistons will once again finish with a 27-55 record
More 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions:
Chicago Bulls 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Los Angeles Lakers 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Miami Heat 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Information from ESPN.com’s Detroit Pistons 2011 Schedule, Hollinger’s NBA Team Stats, and 2009-10 Regular Season NBA Team Stats was used for this article.