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Pistons hope offseason overhaul can lead team back to postseason for first time since 2009

  • Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday,  Oct.  20, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.. The Magic won 87-86. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.. The Magic won 87-86. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) waits for a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday,  Oct.  20, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.. The Magic won 87-86. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) waits for a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.. The Magic won 87-86. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

If all goes according to plan, the Detroit Pistons could be one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA this season, and that would be quite a departure from the last few dreary years.

But there's a lot of pressure on this group too. After four straight seasons without a playoff berth, this proud franchise needs a boost from a number of new faces.

Josh Smith signed with Detroit as a free agent, and the Pistons also brought popular guard Chauncey Billups back after he spent the last five years elsewhere. Detroit also traded for a new point guard, acquiring Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee.