TRENDING: The Detroit Pistons problem is more than just a lack of talent

With 10 games remaining in the 2023-23 season, the Detroit Pistons find themselves in familiar position. They’re 12-60, going through the motions with an ineffective and injured roster.

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There is plenty of blame to go around, from the GM and front office for assembling an uncompetitive squad to Monty Williams’ dismal coaching performance and important players’ failure to improve in specific areas.

However, one of the most pressing issues that has not been addressed is the fact that the Detroit Pistons are once again hobbling into the home stretch with half of their squad ailing.

Over the last few seasons, we’ve seen several problematic injuries that were unquestionably tank-related, as the Pistons soaked up defeats to maximize their draft chances.

But they aren’t meant to be tanking this year (they’re just terrible), and they’ve still accumulated injuries, which must be concerning.

Detroit Pistons injuries: No Iron Men here

For the second consecutive season, the Pistons will end with (at most) two players who have played at least 70 games. Jaden Ivey has already played 68 games and is certain to reach that number, whereas Marcus Sasser has played 63 and must participate in only seven of the next ten games.

No one else is eligible; Cade Cunningham has only played 59 games, Jalen Duren 54, and Ausar Thompson and Isaiah Stewart have been declared out for the season after playing 63 and 46 games, respectively.

Last season, Killian Hayes led the Pistons in games played with 76, while Jaden Ivey had 74. Cunningham played 12 games, Duren 67, and Isaiah Stewart only 50.

That is a lot of games missed by the players who are meant to be the backbone of your squad. The Pistons were well out of it before this plague of injuries struck, so it’s not like injuries caused their 12-60 record, but they haven’t helped, and the Pistons must be concerned that none of their important players, other perhaps Ivey, can expect to play 70 games.

The Detroit Pistons must get more games from their best players or risk repeating the past two games’ roster, which bears little resemblance to an NBA squad.

Injuries happen, thus there is no simple solution. There’s also no reason to force guys to play useless games. However, these injuries are losing young players crucial developmental minutes and creating an unwatchable product for fans.

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