The numbers show that the Pistons are the worst team ever with #1 pick

In 1985, to much fanfare, the NBA introduced the NBA Draft lottery, no longer guaranteeing the worst team in the league would receive the first overall pick in the next draft. Since then, the Detroit Pistons have only been given the first overall option once, in 2021, when they choose Cade Cunningham.

To qualify for the Draft Lottery, a team must still be in the bottom 14 of the tournament, so the best teams will be eliminated, except for those drawn. Basketball is a team game, so adding a good player wouldn’t let fans expect instant progress, would it? Mistake.

Detroit Pistons: Lost with No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham

Of the 37 teams with their first overall pick since 1985, 26 showed improvement the following season. There are some exceptions, for sure. In 1998 the Spurs acquired Tim Duncan and won 36 more games than the year before, but David Robinson was injured that season. The 2018 76ers won an additional 23 games, but Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid ended up healthy. The 2015 Cavaliers won 20 more games, but LeBron James went home that year.

The problem is, on average, teams win a little more than eight games compared to last season, when they played their way to the top. first overall selection. For consistency, when finding that average, the lockdown season and the COVID shortened season were adjusted to a full 82-game season.

Detroit Pistons last year, went through a full season, 23-59. That’s the average for a team to pick first overall, slightly skewed towards the worse than usual. This season so far, they are 4-19, keep going 14-68 if all goes well. Of the 37 teams that won the lottery, 11 got worse, averaging 3.5 more losses. The Pistons are on track to have six more losses from last season if last season had been an 82-game season.

Six more losses doesn’t sound so bad, but it forced the 2011 Wizards to slide worse than ever after receiving first pick when they drafted John Wall. So why are the Detroit Pistons on track to be historically bad?

Last season they weren’t under any special circumstances that any other lottery team wouldn’t have participated in. Did they choose the wrong one? No, Cade is playing well, and even if they do, it’s worth noting that the Cavs won nine more games after the Anthony Bennett draft in 2013. Maybe it’s coaching? Dwane Casey has been disappointing, and he has never tackled a high-choice lottery like this, so these are new waters for him.

Maybe the team is not so good and shows no signs of getting better, maybe it’s time blow it all up. After crashing a whole season, we are now ask if winning the game is a good thing. Do Detroit fans really allow this? I failed for a season or two, but now that a generation of potential talent has fallen on your lap, you just say run it again? That does not make sense.

A team in the position of the Pistons should show progress, so the fact that this team doesn’t want or can’t move forward says a lot about all aspects of the team, What a shame and crumbling flames don’t signs to stop. The numbers show that the Pistons are the worst team ever with #1 pick

Huynh Nguyen

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