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Pistons in NBA’s bottom rung, but they’re not the league’s worst team. Hooray!

I participated in a 5-on-5 at ESPN on the NBA’s worst teams. We all – surprise, surprise – included the Pistons on our bottom five, but nobody listed them in the last spot.

I ranked them fourth-worst:

They have twice as many losses by at least 14 points as they do wins. Their horrid offense makes their horrid defense even worse. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight have promising futures, but both are turning the ball over too much as they adjust to large NBA roles.

Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak had them third-worst:

They don’t make a lick of sense. After Greg Monroe, who continues to quietly produce solid stat lines, the next three Pistons in terms of minutes played are Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight. These three play the same quasi-position and lead the team in shots, while none are shooting better than 42 percent from the floor. Yeesh.

As did Spencer Wellesley Percy of Queen City Hoops:

Brace yourself here. The Pistons rank in the bottom three in both offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency. They use fewer possessions than any other team and also turn the ball over the most in the NBA — not good. The stats are bad, but looking on the bright side they are seeing huge jumps in production from second-year center Greg Monroe (15.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg). He should blossom into the cornerstone of the franchise by season’s end.

Henry Abbott of TrueHoop put them second-worst:

And yes, I’m aware they just beat my Portland Trail Blazers. But look at the schedule! Thunder, Heat, Hawks, Sixers, Bucks, Knicks, with all but the Heat and Hawks on the road. Blink and they’ll be 4-19.

So did Mason Ginsberg of Hornets247:

The home win against Portland over the weekend is nice, but it doesn’t mask the fact eight of their losses have come by 14 points or more. It doesn’t get any easier for them over the next week either, with home games against Miami and Atlanta sandwiched between trips to Oklahoma City and Philly.

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