The three big questions to ask



Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver (left) and head coach Dwayne Casey (right) Credit: Raj Mehta – USA TODAY Sports

After 15 games, the Detroit Pistons are 3-12 and sit alone in the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

It’s a young team that has been plagued by injuries, but with increasingly lopsided losses, some people (including some players) Tired of hearing excuses.

Everyone but the imaginary knew that the Detroit Pistons would not be title contenders this season, but so far, it’s hard to call this season anything other than a disaster, even given the modest expectations ahead.

The season is still young, and Detroit has time to get healthy, build chemistry, pick up a few wins together and turn this season on a positive, but they’re getting ready to kick off their game. A six-game road tripSo things are likely to get worse before they get better.

Yes, it’s early, but after only 15 games, there are already some questions hanging over this team that need to be asked. Hopefully there’s a point where these questions seem like fans panic about a young and bad team, but they’re questions the Detroit Pistons need to answer at some point this season.

What is the Detroit Pistons way to actually be good?

This season hasn’t been measured in terms of wins and losses, and I can imagine a scenario where I’d be happy with the Pistons having just three wins. If they can be competitive in every game, play hard, get better, but still lose, I don’t think anyone would care about wins.

But that is not currently happening, as the Pistons have “Process” such as registration margin And things have pretty much gotten worse in every way, even compared to last season when they only won 23 games.

So my question is: what’s the plan here?

Are the Detroit Pistons tanking for another pickaxe? Hoarding top 5 picks It’s never been a proven way to win a title, and even adding Victor Wimpanyama wouldn’t make the Pistons good right away. Even though the Pistons have the second worst record in the league, they still have twice the chance of getting the fifth pick as the first, so this isn’t a reliable strategy.

Do you spend in free agency? Pistons will have a lot of money, but not much to spend, especially when it comes to the guys who tend to their most pressing needs. They can’t Count on the free agent class of 2023 to save them.

make trades? This is probably the best path for them, but what are they going to trade? The Pistons cannot trade a first-round draft pick until they transfer what they owe as part of the trade for Stewart and change their untouchable players (Kid CunninghamJaden Ivey, Jalen Doreen) really only have Bojan Bogdanovich as a guy who might make a reasonable return.

The answer is internal development, as the Pistons have a promising young core, and so does every other bad team in the league that wasn’t called the Lakers, so even when their youth inevitably improves, it may not be enough, and by that point, salaries will go up.

Please tell me, as an angry fan, how good this team is next season. What about the year after that? I need a clearer plan than “we’ll just grab ceiling-high busts from the scrap heap and hope one of them turns out to be a good one.”

Without big leaps from their buddies (which could come soon), it’s hard to see a path for the Detroit Pistons to be any good in the near future. You can count on the development of the player, but in the end these people will not be small and some of them will have money.

Which leads me to the next question.

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