Currently the Detroit Pistons sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with a 14-24 record. The Pistons' record looks abysmal, but that is part of starting off the season with a 0-8 record and then having another six-game losing streak. Then you notice that, even after all that, the Pistons are 7-3 in their last 10 games and only 5.5 games back, and you start to wonder if they actually have a chance to sneak into the eighth seed before the end of the season.
I'm usually of the belief that if a team loses in the first round of any playoff series then they would have been better off being a lottery team and taking the best player in the draft. However, I do have certain exceptions and the 2012-13 Pistons are one of them.
This once-proud franchise has taken a beating over the past couple of years with the dismantling of the Chauncey Billups-led teams, owner William Davidson's death and the inability of the Pistons President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars, to make any moves while the team was for sale. It's no surprise that the Pistons have struggled over the past few years, but there is finally light towards the end of the tunnel for this young team.
This Pistons team has the right mix of veterans and young players coming together under head coach Lawrence Frank and could greatly benefit from the confidence and experience of making the playoffs this season. While the Pistons would most likely lose in the first round, it would show the team that with a few key moves in the future, they are headed on the right path.
Here are six reasons why the Pistons could sneak into the playoffs.