With the 2019-2020 NBA season expected to restart very soon, there will be a lot of pressure on all the teams to finish the remainder of the season on a high. For Detroit Pistons, there will be nothing at stake when the season resumes as their terrible performances so far this season has cost them a place in the playoffs at the end of the season. Detroit Pistons’ failure to qualify for the playoffs this season means the Pistons will miss out on a golden opportunity to be in the hunt for a first NBA title in over 16 years following their last win in 2004. Currently, Detroit Pistons are 13th in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Central Division with a 20-46 win-loss record and a .303 win percentage. With the talented players on their roster, Detroit Pistons should be having a better season than their current campaign. The Pistons’ disappointing results this season also represents the team’s regression in recent seasons.
Detroit Pistons’ 2019-2020 season so far
Detroit Pistons began the season on a winning note with a decent 119-110 victory on the road at Indiana Pacers. However, the Pistons’ perfect start to the season came to a crashing end as they suffered consecutive home losses against Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers in their next two games. The two-game winless run came to an end as the Pistons claimed another win over Indiana Pacers (96-94) in their second meeting of the season. After four games into the new season, Detroit Pistons had recorded a 2-2 win-loss record. However, the Pistons failed to build on the impressive win and put together a longer consistent winning streak as they lost 11 and won four of their next 15 games.
Detroit Pistons were regularly winning in the early part of December. At that stage, they won five and lost just twice in their next seven games to improve their win-loss record to 11-15 after 26 games into the season. Detroit Pistons’ good form would come to an abrupt end as they won just three and lost 12 of their next 15 games. Three wins and a single defeat in the next four games provided the Pistons with a little momentum, boosting the morale of the roster. Detroit Pistons would fail to go on a longer winning run as they won 3 and lost 18 of their last 21 games. Before the suspension of the season, the Pistons were on a 5-game winless run.
Positives from Detroit Pistons’ season so far
Despite the many disappointing results, there have been a few positives in the team so far this season. Throughout the season, the team had a standout player in the shape of last summer’s free agency acquisition Derrick Rose. He has made significant contributions to the Detroit Pistons team even when they are losing.
In his first season with Detroit Pistons, Derrick Rose has been the source of inspiration for his team. This season, he has averaged 18.1 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game and 5.6 assists per game in 50 games, starting just 15 times. He has also contributed 0.8 steals per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 2.5 turnovers per game.
Aside from Rose, Shooting Guard Luke Kennard and Power Forward Christian Wood have also been decent for Detroit Pistons. In terms of the numbers, Luke Kennard has averaged 15.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game in 28 games. He has also averaged 0.4 steals per game, 0.4 blocks per game, and 2.2 turnovers per game.
Christian Wood also has an average of 13.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists per game in 62 games. Before the suspension of the season, he was the most in-form player in the team.
Factors behind Detroit Pistons’ disappointing season so far
There are a lot of reasons behind the Pistons’ disappointing season so far. The most significant factor behind the team’s poor form all season has been the absence of their crucial talisman, Point Forward Blake Griffin, due to injury. Injuries have been a recurring feature in Griffin’s career in recent years. After missing the opening ten games of the season due to a left knee injury, Griffin returned to make just 18 appearances. However, he reinjured his knee earlier in January and has since missed the rest of the Pistons’ games before the suspension. In his 18 games this season, Griffin managed to average 15.5 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game.
The departure of Center Andre Drummond to Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this year after eight seasons has also hurt the team’s performances since February. Before his move, Drummond had averaged 17.8 points per game, 15.8 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. He also averaged 2.0 steals per game, 1.7 blocks per game and 3.6 turnovers per game. Since Drummond left the team, the Pistons have only recorded a single win in 14 games.
What’s next for Detroit Pistons?
For Detroit Pistons, the remainder of the season will give them the chance to reassess the team and prepare for next season. They will also be hopeful that Blake Griffin will return early and stay fit for the long term.