Evaluating the Teams with the NBA's Worst Records

How Bad Are the NBA's Worst?

11/10/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

We’re about a week and a half into the season, and we have two teams yet to pick up their first win and another two teams with only one win so far.  And all four teams happen to be in the Eastern Conference.
 
What follows is an evaluation of these four struggling teams with speculation on whether they will turn things around this year, whether they are at least built well for the future, or in need of an all-out team remodeling.
 
DETROIT PISTONS
0-6
 
Blog Photo - Evaluating the Teams with the NBA's Worst RecordsSpeculation for 2012-2013:
 
Right now, Rodney Stuckey is in the midst of a colossal struggle to put the ball in the hoop, Brandon Knight isn’t asserting himself enough in the offense and is struggling from the field as well, and no big man has stepped up to help give Greg Monroe support.  The team isn’t nearly as bad as they’re playing right now, but clearly there’s still a lot of growth required for the young Pistons.  Overall, a run at the 8th seed in the East isn’t completely out of question if they can turn things around quickly.  After three straight seasons with win percentages under 40%, expectations for this season aren’t extremely high for the Pistons, but after making some definite improvements last year under new coach Lawrence Frank, an 0-6 start to the season is pretty surprising.
 
Future Speculation:
 
This is a big season for Knight, who was inconsistent at best last year and needs to prove he can consistently run an NBA offense this year in order to remain the team’s court leader.  First round pick Andre Drummond is coming off his best game as a pro (22 points, 8 rebounds against OK City) and is the most logical counterpart to Monroe in the frontcourt, so watch for his playing time to start increasing soon.  Stuckey is also a big question going forward.  An undoubtedly talented guard, he’s tough to put a label on.  If he starts to find his shot, the Pistons may be smart to look for trade possibilities as he and Knight just don’t seem to mesh too well.
 
WASHINGTON WIZARDS
0-4
 
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Without seeing John Wall or Nene on the court yet this season, the Wizards are pretty tough to accurately evaluate.  Wall should be back in early December and Nene’s return is still a hazy question.  Even when they do return, I don’t see this team as a playoff threat quite yet, but I expect them to improve on their win percentage from last season (30.3%), which was second-to-last in the NBA in 2012.
 
Future Speculation:
 
First rounder Bradley Beal has struggled to find his shot consistently so far, but again this could be partly attributed to having to run with backup point guard AJ Price as opposed to Wall.  French forward Kevin Seraphin has shown some promise so far and could be a good running mate to Nene going forward.   They’re still a player or two away from becoming a serious team to watch, but on the right track.
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