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Van Gundy conjures new Magic

Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks is hitting 40 percent of his 3-point attempts this season. D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images

The dramatic turnaround of the Detroit Pistons has taken the NBA by storm, supplanting the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks as the most surprising stories of the season. After starting out a dreadful 5-23, the Pistons have won eight of their past nine games. But what's most interesting about Detroit's resurgence isn't that they're winning; it's how they're winning.

It took some time and a Josh Smith pink slip, but Stan Van Gundy's Pistons have become Magical -- that's with a capital "M." With a freak athlete at center and a supporting cast that bombs 3s, Van Gundy's squad is slowly morphing into his Orlando Magic squad that reached the NBA Finals in 2008-09.

With a floundering Eastern Conference, the question is: How far can Van Gundy take Magic 2.0?