The Detroit Pistons were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, finishing 29-53 and outside of the top ten in the Eastern Conference.

A remade roster, however, has Detroit thinking it can make the playoffs in 2013-14.

“It’s exciting,” Pistons radio network analyst Rick Mahorn said on The Morning Show. “There’s a lot of excitement around Detroit. We’re very athletic. We have Andre Drummond, who’s a rising star. Josh Smith makes us a little bit more athletic at the three position. And the addition of Chauncey Billups and these young rookies we have – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Peyton Silva, Tony Mitchell – these guys really have a lot of energy. I’m excited.”

Maurice Cheeks has a lot of energy as well. Cheeks, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant in Oklahoma City, will assume his first head-coaching job since 2008, when he coached the 76ers.

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