- Teams: Charlotte Bobcats (18-60) at Detroit Pistons (27-52)
- Date: April 12, 2013
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The bottom of the standings is a lonely place.
Especially in the Eastern Conference.
The Charlotte Bobcats currently reside on this terrain and should they finish the season there, they will have done so in back-to-back seasons.
This will give Michael Jordan an opportunity to continue building through the draft, but look at how that turned out for the Los Angeles Clippers. It literally took them generations before the strategy resulted into any type of success.
And let’s not forget, the Clips acquired Blake Griffin via the NBA draft and then assembled players through trades and free agency. This seems pertinent because the Bobcats don’t look like a team that will go that route in the near future.
Forget mediocrity, these guys might be bad for a while. And even worse, they might be alone.
The bad teams will get better.
The Cleveland Cavaliers might be a losing team at present time, but they have pieces that bring optimism. The Washington Wizards have looked far better with John Wall back in the fold running the point for them.
The Orlando Magic’s record is similar to Charlotte’s, but the Magic have gems on their roster that could potentially become studs.
The Philadelphia 76ers have the ongoing saga with Andrew Bynum, but if he is ever healthy enough to play, the Sixers are more than likely a playoff team. The Toronto Raptors on the other hand now have a core of Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas to fall back on.
That leaves us with one non-playoff east team: the Detroit Pistons.
After watching the Cavs self-destruct against them on April 10, Detroit earned their 27th win of the season. Let’s not mince words here: the Pistons are the one Eastern Conference team that’s toughest to predict going forward.
Whether it’s internal improvement or bringing in new players, the direction isn’t quite clear-cut. The young guys have a chance to be really good, but it might take some time.
In that sense, the Pistons are a little similar to the Magic. They have a few intriguing pieces and will be armed with cap room at the end of the season. But will the team allow the roster to grow, or will it invest in overpriced veteran players?
With the offseason right around the corner for the Pistons, we should be getting an answer relatively soon. But one thing seems fairly clear at this juncture: the Pistons should still be better than the Bobcats next year.