The NBA has really gone deep with quality teams this year. So the inexperienced Detroit Pistons If they can go all out to win and feel safe, they’ll still have the best chance at the NBA Draft Lottery.
That used to be Cleveland and Golden State always in the NBA Finals and the other 28 teams could do nothing to stop them. However, with LeBron James older, Warriors’ Klay Thompson returning from a serious injury, and Kyrie Irving not playing for the Nets because, who knows? there is hope for other clubs to go far in the knockout stages.
Catching lightning in a bottle and reaching the conference finals, like the Atlanta Hawks last year, the Denver Nuggets last year and the Portland Trail Blazers two years ago, is now something many general managers are looking forward to.
Also, the last two drafts are quite powerful and insightful, meaning that weaker NBA teams are actually getting players that will help make it more competitive, not the usual bankruptcies that most of the time. All the worst performing organizations end.
With the added introduction of live tournaments, that means you only have to place 10th out of 15 teams in the respective games to be able to play post-season. In Los Angeles, Miami or San Francisco, that might not be a big deal (although the Warriors and Lakers were in the playoffs last year) but for teams in Sacramento and Cleveland, it will be an issue. big.
Due to parity, the opportunity and necessity of GMs and Coaches to save their work by demonstrating some kind of progress, the number of quality teams in the NBA this season is quite deep. That means teams looking for merely ‘tanks’ will be lower than usual.
That means that a team like the Pistons, looking to build up experience and chemistry and learn what their young players can and can’t, can really go all out and try to win. win every match. In most cases, the opponent will be far more experienced, kicking deeper on the bench, leaving Detroit severely underdog almost every time they bring the curtain down.
Winning some games against tough opponents will be a good learning experience for the young Pistons players. And pretty much everyone they will face can be seen as tough competition.
Ranking of skinny NBA teams
Looks like the only NBA teams that didn’t actually run for the post-season, were Orlando and Detroit.
The cities of Houston and Oklahoma are in that category, and can back to tank, but those were late winning streaks. The Rockets have won seven games in a row, and OKC has scored some nice wins (not counting the 73-point loss to Memphis). Both are just 2.5 games behind 10th at the Western Conference.
Remember, players have no incentive to increase, losing only reduces their value on futures contracts. And both the Houston and Thunder fan bases will be thrilled to even be in the play-in tournament.
Rebuilding gets boring after a while.
Road NBA Draft Lottery active, the bottom three teams have an equal number of ping pong balls. So if Detroit has the worst record, or third worst, at the end of the season, their odds of winning the No. 1 spot don’t change.
That doesn’t mean they’ll take the No. 1 spot again (last time it took 51 years), but their chances will be no different.
As of now, unless things change dramatically, the Pistons won’t have a better record than the other three NBA teams. That might not be optimal, it would certainly be more fun to be in a playoff race, even if 10th place, but it does give coach Dwane Casey a bit of freedom.
Last year, many Pistons fans had mixed emotions when they won a game. They are happy about the win, but are also concerned it could jeopardize their chances at the high draft pick..
The NBA is going on this season, relax and enjoy, enjoy as much as you can for a Detroit win. At the end of the season, they’ll still have a really good chance of a really good draft pick,
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