Pistons Fans Disappointed in NBA Lottery Result After Rough 14-Win Season

Detroit Pistons forward Troy Brown Jr. (7) reacts as he walks toward the bench.
Detroit Pistons forward Troy Brown Jr. (7) reacts as he walks toward the bench. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA draft lottery took place on Sunday, with the Atlanta Hawks beating the odds to earn the No. 1 pick—quite the break for a team that made the play-in tournament.

One NBA fanbase in particular was upset with the lottery results? The Detroit Pistons. The Pistons finished the season with just 14 wins, which is the franchise's worst record in the modern era.

The Pistons had a 14% chance of winning the lottery—tied with the Washington Wizards for the best odds in the league—and had a 52.1% chance of remaining in the top four. This is the third year in a row that the Pistons didn't earn the top pick even though they had the best odds. Each time, Detroit ended up with pick No. 5.

Fans had some strong responses to seeing the team's run of poor draft lottery luck continue on Sunday. Take a look at some of the reactions below.

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Madison Williams is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where she has covered the entire sports landscape since 2022. She specializes in tennis, but covers a wide range of sports from a national perspective. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Madison worked with The Sporting News. She hails from Augustana College and completed a Master’s in Sports Media at Northwestern University. Madison is a dog mom and an avid reader.