What do only the Pistons and Thunder have in common?

Just two NBA teams opened this season the same starting lineup they used most last year:

This makes sense. Both these teams were so successful last season, there’s no need to change.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 47-19 record, NBA Finals appearance
  • Detroit Pistons: 25-41 record, missed playoffs

Oh.

Well, at least the Pistons’ starters are younger and therefore have more potential.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder starters’ average age: 25
  • Detroit Pistons’ starters’ average age: 26

Uh.

Look, I don’t bring this up to say the Pistons keeping their starters the same in necessarily wrong. And it’s worth noting, if not for injuries, other teams – definitely the Memphis Grizzlies – would join this list.

But it’s discouraging how stagnant the Pistons seem. I think we all want to get encouraged about this team, but an 0-5 start from the same starting lineup as last year isn’t going to excite any fans.

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