The Detroit Pistons broke the NBA record for the longest single-season losing streak. But how does it compare to the previous record?
The Detroit Pistons vs. the Process Philadelphia 76ers
The record was originally set by the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2014. At the time, the 76ers were heavily criticized during their losing streak, due to the blatant tanking strategy. “Trust the Process”, was their motto during the skid. So how do Detroit’s current new record losing streak, and Philadelphia’s previous one compare?
What are the differences between the 2013-2014 Philly roster versus the current Detroit Pistons? The 76ers were led by Evan Turner, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and James Anderson, with an extremely robust bench. While the majority of the games were started by the aforementioned players, over 15 others logged double-digit minutes per night. Their average age on the roster was 23.3, with most of their starters having six years or fewer in the league.
Detroit, in comparison, runs with a much more shallow bench, only having fourteen total averaging double-digit minutes. The Pistons’ average age is 24.3, with the majority of starters having only three seasons under their belt. Their average age is increased fairly dramatically by Alec Burks, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Joe Harris, all three being in their 30’s. This makes one of the main roster differences between 2013-2014 Philly and Detroit. Detroit has a small injection of veteran leadership, while Philadelphia had no one over the age of 30.