“Listen, they have a long rebuild. I think for the last five years Detroit has had the worst record in the Eastern Conference. And you think about that, that’s hard to do because a lot of the teams in the Eastern Conference over the last five years were trying to lose games. So, I mean, it’s a major rebuild. It’s a huge undertaking. I think they’ll be better. I don’t know what that translates to win-wise.
"I’m interested to see how they play. I think there are a lot of things that they’ve got to correct and I think they are working hard at it but I just don’t see how they could make the playoffs.”
Last year, the Atlanta Hawks' 38-44 record was good enough for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons finished in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a 29-53 record.
- Sarah Barshop