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Hooptie Watch: Jan. 9, 2012

The Pistons have been terrible this season – so bad, in fact, they have a chance for the worst statistical season in team history. There are two basic ways to measure a team’s regular-season level:

1. Win percentage

2. Pythagorean win percentage

To rank the Pistons’ non-playoff seasons, I’ll use an average of both win percentages. So far, the Pistons are on pace for 17.1 “adjusted wins” in an 82-game season.*

*For ease of use, I normalized each season to an 82-game schedule.

That’s as bad as they’ve ever had. So in honor of broken-down and beat-up a models everywhere, I present “Hooptie Watch” – periodic looks comparing the 2011-12 Pistons to other teams in franchise history that missed the playoffs.


  • Jan 9, 20122:54 pm
    by Normal 2


    Steve Kerr “The young team with the new coaches are the ones who’s going to suffer the most during this lock out.  You have no training camp, you have no practice time and your learning a new system during games.”  The proof is in the pudding.  I’m not saying that they wouldn’t have been bad anyways…but the execution is hurrible.  I’m not saying practice time will make a big difference, and i’m not saying we would be winning any games…but for a team like ours, with no superstars is crucial to the deveolpment of the system L Frank is trying to impliment.  We don’t have a lot of good players as is right now….you know what..forget i wrote this.  I can hear AI all in my ear right now…my bad!!

  • Jan 9, 20123:12 pm
    by Steve K


    Can’t say I’m surprised by this.

    They’re certainly the worst team I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.
    Despite they’re ineptitude, they’re still more interesting than last year’s group.

  • Jan 9, 20123:23 pm
    by tarsier


    So Jodi Jezz…
    Still thinking worst case scenario the Pistons start 5-5?

  • Jan 9, 20123:28 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    Given the current situation, the Piston aren’t that bad.  They’re only four games behind first place.  Last season they manage to win 30 games– a .366 winning percentage. The6y’ll probably get just about the same this season winning 24 games or so.

    • Jan 9, 20123:40 pm
      by tarsier


      It’s true that they’ve played worse than they are. In particular, Stuckey and Daye have really struggled with their shots. But I’d much rather 18 wins than 24. The Pistons should be playing for three things right now: development of young players, establishment of trade value, and lots of ping pong balls.

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