Discussion around the Detroit Pistons has already turned to whether the team is tanking next season, which is pretty depressing considering we are not even in training camp yet.
But it makes some sense given the overall age and experience of the roster, especially now that the Cavaliers have added another All-Star, making the Pistons’ road even tougher.
There are also a couple of prospects in the 2023 NBA Draft that look like they could be generational, so like it or not, there are going to be a whole lot of teams tanking next season.
The Pistons already have Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren and Killian Hayes to build around, but the idea of adding another potential superstar is appealing.
Count me as one of the fans who hopes the Pistons defy expectations and compete next season, but I understand the desire to put one more star around Cade Cunningham before really going for it in free agency and trades.
Especially after seeing some of these early Victor Wembanyama highlights.
Detroit Pistons: Victor Wembanyama is something else
Wembanyama is the early frontrunner for the number one pick in 2023 and you can understand why. He is listed at 7-foot-3 on most sites, though many believe the 18-year-old Frenchmen is closer to 7-foot-5, and when you see him dunking it seems possible, as he looks like he’s playing on a lowered rim.
Early highlights are starting to leak from his preseason games in France and fans have been drooling thinking about him wearing a Pistons’ uniform. He scored 17 points in 15 minutes in the first game, looking like some amalgam of Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert and Hakeem Olajuwon in the process.
He’s got handles, mid-range jumpers, a slick post game, 3-point shots and did I mention that he might be 7-freaking-5?
I am about as anti-tank as you will find, but if you told me losing every game next season would guarantee this guy ended up on the Detroit Pistons, I’d have to consider it.
Of course, losing every game next season wouldn’t guarantee anything, as there is only a 14 percent chance that the worst team will get the number one pick.
Also, after Chet Holmgren’s early injury, there is obviously going to be concern that any guy this size who is that skinny is inevitably going to be an injury risk.
But low odds and injury risks aren’t going to stop teams from being Woeful for Wembanyama next season, as the league has never really seen a guy like this, and if he can stay healthy, he could be a game-changing talent.
Will the Detroit Pistons be one of them? We’ll have to wait and see, as I think the Pistons are going to try to win games, but may not yet have the experience to do it. But fans would understand if they punted on one more season to try and land this guy, and as more highlights come out, that sentiment is just going to grow.