ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said on Wednesday morning that he doesn't see how the Detroit Pistons could make the NBA playoffs. Jeff's brother, Stan Van Gundy, is the head coach and president of basketball operations of the Pistons.
“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