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
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.