If you’re like me, then you’re hoping the Detroit Pistons’ tanking days are finally over, because it’s been tough watching them win just 63 games in the last three seasons combined.
But there will be plenty of teams that will fill up next season, as there is a generational perspective to Victor Wembanyama that has front office executives salivating.
What’s not to like about a 7-foot-2 (at least) forward who can shoot the 3-ball, put the ball on the ground and penetrate, light up the perimeter, and block shots from virtually any place of the land?
When you look at these highlights, it’s easy to see why teams would be willing to lose a season just for a chance to land a guy many believe is the next evolution of NBA player:
And he’s not the only one, the NBA Draft 2023 class looks really strong overall, especially at the top, so even though teams may only have a 14% chance of being the first pick, we going to see some blatant tank jobs next season.
There are also teams that are just young and not ready to win even though their teams aren’t technically tanking, so we’re going to see at least five teams fighting for the top draft position next season. .
Will the Detroit Pistons be part of it?
Detroit Pistons Who are the Victor Wembanyama contest favorites?
#4 (tie): Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers
I’m going to put these two teams together because I think both will be bad next season, but I also think both have enough veterans and talent to surprise some people and sniff out the play-in even if the Eastern Conference goes be harsh.
Both teams will be led by young backcourt duos, as the Pistons build around Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey and the Pacers around Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin.
Both teams also have good veteran players with guys like Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel, Myles Turner and Buddy Hield.
If all goes well and their young players progress as expected, these two teams could be decent enough next season to hold off on the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
But if either suffers major injuries or decides to start selling veteran players, then they could both be back at the bottom with their fans praying for the love of the lottery gods.