Pistons news: 76 years, "learning a lot," and a blow up looming

Oct 28, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams on the sideline
Oct 28, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams on the sideline / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have done it.

Last night's blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls clinched the worst record in the 76-year history of the Pistons, which goes all the way back to when they were Fort Wayne instead of Detroit.

That's thousands of games played, hundreds of players and three-quarters of a century of basketball that culminated in a team that is currently 13-67 with two games left to play. So don't look away, as you're never likely to see a worse team (I hope) don the Pistons uniform and it's not often you get to see history, even if it is all the wrong kind.

What we've learned about the Detroit Pistons

After last night's shellacking by a team the Pistons were supposed to be competing with for the play-in (Detroit is 25 games behind 9th seed Chicago), Monty Williams had this to say about his team's process:

"You can learn a lot about players at this time of year, Detroit coach Monty Williams said. I know, for myself, I earned a lot of money (as a player) playing down the stretch and hanging in there."

I'd like to ask Monty a follow-up question to this: What exactly are you learning about these players?

I'm serious, I'd like to know what he's learned, because I'd say the most frustrating thing about this season is that we've learned so little. Half of his team is on the injured list, including his best player. Many of the guys who are left are emergency backups who won't be on the team next season.

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The ones who will are not playing the roles they should be, and in many cases, we're still unsure what those roles will eventually look like. We still know little about the alleged "Core Four," or how Cade Cunningham fits with Jaden Ivey or what Ivey's ultimate role will be.

Will still don't know if Jalen Duren can defend, if Isaiah Stewart can stay healthy for more than 50 games, or what role Marcus Sasser will play off the bench. The only exciting young wing player the Pistons have (Ausar Thompson) was shut down with blood clots. Simone Fontecchio played 16 games for the Pistons before being shut down, Quentin Grimes played six.

So I'd legitimately like to know what Monty Williams has learned about his players and which ones are "earning a lot of money" by "hanging in there."

The sword of Damocles hanging over the Detroit Pistons

With the season all but wrapped up, all that is left is the aftermath and it could get ugly for the Detroit Pistons.

It does feel different going into this offseason, as they were trying to win this season, got relatively healthy years from most of their young guys, and still got worse. The team has lost six in a row and 14-of-15 and most of them have not been close.

Will a historically bad season ending with a complete thud be enough for the Pistons to clean house? Will Monty Williams be fired? Troy Weaver? Will there be major roster changes? Anything and everything is on the table for Detroit this offseason, as putting up the worst record in franchise history during year four of a rebuild is unacceptable.

The sword needs to drop somewhere and all that's left is to find out where.