Detroit Pistons: 3 takeaways from loss to the Charlotte Hornets

Svi Mykhailiuk #19 of the Detroit Pistons . (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) during the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons continue to pile up the losses and the fans continue to get more excited.

The two don’t seem to go hand in hand but fans of the Detroit Pistons are smart enough to know what this season is all about, and that’s getting a top pick in the loaded 2021 Draft.

Last night’s loss to the Hornets was actually a big one as the Pistons kept pace with the tanking Magic and Rockets while picking up a game on the Timberwolves, who finally won their 8th game of the season against the reeling Pelicans (another team that is tanking mightily).

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Keeping with the ethos of this season, the Detroit Pistons lost competitively, storming back in the second half after getting down early.

If the Detroit Pistons can keep losing games like this, the season will be a success, even if they end with 10 wins total.

On a personal note, the Pistons are winning most of my bets, so I’d like to thank Saddiq Bey and Mason Plumlee for the unexpected influx of cash.

Here are three takeaways from last night’s masterclass in tanking.

Detroit Pistons: The Pistons need to get shooters in the offseason

One thing has been made clear this season:  the Detroit Pistons can’t shoot.

But that doesn’t stop them from launching plenty of 3-point shots anyway, in fact, Detroit is currently 12th in the league in percentage of points attained via the 3-point shot, which is crazy because they are just 23rd in the league in 3-point percentage overall.

In other words, the Pistons launch a ton of 3-pointers but don’t make many.

This was on display last night, as the Pistons hit just 15-of-46 from long range for a terrible 32.6 percent.

15 made 3-point shots is actually very good and would rank among the league leaders in made 3-pointers per game, the problem is that it took the Detroit Pistons 46 shots to get them.

The Pistons need to add shooters to this team, as they only have four guys who are shooting above the league average.