The Daily Tank: Detroit Pistons 2020 NBA Draft Odds on Feb. 1

Detroit Pistons Sekou Doumbouya. (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons have the NBA’s second-longest losing streak. Here’s a look at their 2020 NBA Draft odds as of Feb. 1.

The Detroit Pistons are tied for the NBA’s second-longest losing streak, which helps their odds at landing the No. 1 overall pick.

After a week that included losing five-straight games, the Pistons are moving up the draft board instead of towards the playoffs. That would be expected of a team that’s dealt with the injuries they have.

Blake Griffin had his second knee surgery in eight months, Reggie Jackson missed 42 games before his recent return and Luke Kennard has missed over one month with knee tendinitis. What team could survive that? It’s a wonder the Pistons were in the playoff chase as long as they were.

Welcome to the latest daily feature: The daily tank. With the Pistons selling at the NBA’s trade deadline, each day will provide new odds for the Pistons at obtaining a top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. This column is to provide insight in to how teams with a similar fate fared the night before, and how it impacted the odds. We’ll also provide an average draft position based off 10 randomizations through Tankathon, which provides up-to-date odds for the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Not only did the Pistons (17-33) lose on Friday but so, too, did the Bulls () and Suns (). Winners that helped the Pistons’ draft odds were the Pelicans (20-29), Nets (21-28) and Trail Blazers (22-27) — the latter two pushing for the playoffs.

After Friday’s games, the Pistons have the NBA’s seventh-worst record, giving them a 31.9% chance to get a top-4 pick. Their odds for the No. 1 pick are 7.5% — both according to Tankathon.

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Here’s the fun part. We’ll use the Tankathon odds simulator 10 times to determine the Pistons’ average draft spot, resetting after each simulation.

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The Pistons are currently 6.5 games behind the Warriors in the race for the No. 1 pick. That’s tied with Charlotte, which is 1-9 over their last 10, and a half-game behind Minnesota, which has lost 10 straight.

In 10 simulations, the worst — or lowest — draft position was eighth. On the first simulation the Pistons actually won the lottery, defying the 7.5% odds. But the overall average was 6.2, swayed by three top 4 positions.

Detroit would have its pick of whichever point guard they wanted. That could be R.J. Hampton, Tyrese Haliburton or Killian Hayes. Perhaps wings Jaden McDaniels, Tyrese Maxey or Obi Toppin would interest the Pistons. All those prospects would be available based on Tankathon’s latest mock draft.

With the Pistons off on Saturday, several games could draw the eye of fans with draft implications. An important one between the Warriors and Cavaliers pits the two teams at the top of the Tank standings against each other.

Washington could pull even with the Pistons if it loses to the Nets. Minnesota seems likely to lose an 11th straight game against the Clippers in Hollywood. Charlotte visits San Antonio and the Hawks are in Dallas. The Knicks are the only team ahead of the Pistons who are also off.

Tanks for tanking with us, or at least following the Pistons draft odds as the season is played out. Who is your favorite prospect for the Pistons to select in June?

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