It’s strange to think of the Pistons as a disappointment in the first half of the season because really, who expected them to do much in the first place? It was clear that this season was probably not going to result in many wins. But Ken Berger of CBS Sports is still disappointed, namely because the defense remains so porous:
Biggest disappointment: Detroit Pistons. Not that much more could have been expected. It’s just sad to see a proud franchise stuck like this, with little means to get out of it. Also, with Lawrence Frank at the helm, I didn’t expect them to defend this poorly.
Detroit’s defensive lapses have been well-documented this season. I’m not sure it’s a correctable problem, particularly mid-season, to be honest. It might take a full offseason for Frank to fully implement the defensive system he wants to run. Oh, and adding better personnel at a few positions in the offseason wouldn’t hurt either.