Only the most passionate Pistons fans are likely to lay money down on Detroit to win the next NBA Title. Oddsmakers have the team listed at +100000 to win the NBA Finals. But most Pistons rooters would be happy with one victory.
The Pistons, a once-proud franchise, and three-time NBA champions, have lost 14 consecutive postseason games dating back to 2008. That’s right: it’s been more than 15 years since the Pistons have enjoyed a win in the NBA Playoffs. That means the last time this team won in the playoffs, George W. Bush was president.
It’s possible that the Twins will add to their all-time record of futility this October in the MLB Playoffs. If not, the Pistons could at least match their mark next spring if they were swept in the first round.
The Pistons are trying to answer that one. As we approach the start of the 2023-24 NBA season, the Pistons have not one, not two, not even five former NBA Draft first-rounders. They have seven. Yet, the team is seeking to return to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2019.
Detroit’s new head coach Monty Williams has designs on returning the Pistons to their past glory. He’s the highest-paid coach in the NBA, and he’ll surely have the respect of his new roster. But, few of the players in the red-white-and-blue of the Pistons have playoff experience. The team leader and superstar Cade Cunningham has never played a meaningful game with playoff implications in the NBA. The two new young stars, Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren, are as green as they come.
If Detroit is going to get back to the NBA Finals soon, they will need to win 16 games in the postseason. It all starts with one.
The Pistons begin the 2023-24 NBA season on Oct. 25 when they face the Heat in Miami.
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