EXCLUSIVE: 3 Teams that are worse than the Pistons despite their disappointing records

With their most recent win, the Detroit Pistons moved ahead of the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference standings, with a half-game separating the NBA’s poorest two records.

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The PISTONS ARE NOT THE WORST! Raise the banner.

There is still time for Detroit to claim the league’s poorest record, but even then, are they truly the worst team?

3 Teams that are worse than the Detroit Pistons despite the records

Washington Wizards

Okay, you don’t have to say “despite the records” with the Wizards, because they are the only club now trailing the Pistons in the standings.

The Wizards should finish ahead of the Pistons because they have veterans like Kyle Kuzma, Jordan Poole, Tyus Jones, and Richaun Holmes playing significant minutes, but the Pistons’ starting five is all 22 years old or younger.

Kuzma and Poole will be paid a combined $52 million next season, while Holmes, Marvin Bagley III, and Landry Shamet will be paid a combined $35 million. That’s a lot of money for a core that has won 11 games and has the youngest player at 24.
In terms of young potential, the Wizards have two intriguing prospects in Bilal Coulibaly and Deni Avjija, but neither is a player to build around. They will most likely have a top 5-6 selection in this year’s draft, but finding elite talent will be difficult in a wide-open draft with no consensus.

At least the Pistons have hope, but I don’t see much for the Wizards until they can get out of some of those contracts or strike gold in the upcoming draft.

Charlotte Hornets

There is undoubtedly an argument to this one.

The Hornets presently have five more wins than the Pistons, with ten of those coming before the trade deadline. They are 6-9 since, which is not bad given that they have experienced injuries and dealt away two valuable veterans.

They also have LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller, a solid tandem to grow around, as well as talented young big guys Mark Williams and Nick Richards, who are signed to friendly contracts.

They have some nice project players like Tre Mann, as well as younger veterans Miles Bridges and Grant Williams, who can serve useful positions, so Charlotte’s pantry is not bare.
But the Pistons have beaten them three times this season, sweeping the series, which is significant given that it accounts for nearly 30 percent of Detroit’s total wins.

In my completely biased view, I’d rather have the Pistons’ core than the Hornets’, especially since the Pistons will have more money to spend this summer and aren’t as engaged in their present team. The Pistons have almost half as much invested for next season, giving them more room to improve on what they already have.

Detroit also has more trade chips to make a huge move this summer, therefore I prefer the Pistons over the Hornets, though it’s questionable.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers, like the Wizards, are heavily involved in a club that has only won 18 games this season.

When you look at Portland’s roster, they shouldn’t be as poor as they are, because they aren’t a young club full of rookies. They have Deandre Ayton, Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant, and Malcolm Brogdon, to whom they owe more than $110 million for next season.

They lack intriguing young talent, although Shaedon Sharpe appears to be a keeper and future star, and Scoot Henderson has also demonstrated similar potential. Both of these players are 20 and will be good, so Portland isn’t as desperate as Washington.

But they have a lot invested in a bad club, and the most of it is under contract for next season. They could make a big move this summer, hire a new coach (sorry, Chauncey), and take a giant step forward next year, but it’s difficult to label them a rebuild right now when the majority of their key players are over 25 and already on big contracts.

It will be intriguing to watch if Portland blows apart this squad over the summer, as players like Jerami Grant and Malcolm Brogdon might spark a youth movement and win them some assets in trades.

It is a tiny consolation for the Detroit Pistons that they are not the league’s worst team, if you consider that to be true, as it is equivalent to being the quickest of the world’s four slowest runners.

In other words, thank God for the Wizards because we can say we aren’t them.It is a tiny consolation for the Detroit Pistons that they are not the league’s worst team, if you consider that to be true, as it is equivalent to being the quickest of the world’s four slowest runners.

In other words, thank God for the Wizards because we can say we aren’t them.

 

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