Detroit Pistons’ Struggles Broke Down

The Detroit Pistons have the worst record in the NBA and are pacing for one of the worst seasons in NBA history. They are just 2-24 and haven’t won a game since October 28th and have lost 23 games in a row. Why are they so bad? Can they turn it around? Let’s get into all that below.

Last season the Pistons won 17 games. This year they are on pace for just 7 wins. Last year their best player, Cade Cunningham, was injured for most of the season and fans expected this team to be better with him back. So far that has not been the case.

The main issue with team is a lack of shooters. None of their starters in the first 20 games are shooting over 35% from three. Now, they have some help in the shooting department getting Bojan Bogdonovic back but he’s just one shooter. Cade Cunningham is shooting 31% from three and shooting 42% from the field. For the highest volume player on your team, this is really bad.

Their first-round pick from 2022, Jaden Ivey, has been just as inefficient shooting 28% from three. For some reason this team still is giving Killian Hayes the chance to start and play big minutes but is a terrible shooter. He’s shooting 30% from three.

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There has been a ton of hype around Ausar Thompson, their first-round pick this year, but he is maybe the worst guard shooting wise in the NBA as he is shooting just 15% from three.

While the shooting has been really bad, injuries to their big men Jalen Duren and Isaiah Stewart have not helped but the biggest reason is likely the high usage of Cunningham, Ivey, and Hayes. They have been so bad and have made up a huge part of their offense while being some of the most-inefficient players in the league.

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