Upset 19 consecutive defeats! Miserable 16 consecutive defeats! The NBA gave birth to the most humiliating record, and a good hand was played poorly
NBA teams have played more than 20 regular season games this season, and as in previous seasons, this season, despite the mid-season tournament, the championship contenders are already in the thick of the competition. But there are still many dark horse teams emerging, and the Eastern Pacers have made a name for themselves by beating the top two Celtics and Bucks. In particular, Haliburton, the core of the team, has scored 25+ points, 15+ assists in 3 consecutive games so far this season, and has maintained 0 turnovers, becoming the first player in league history to achieve this achievement. Haliburton also led the team to 5th place in the East. The Magic team is even better, led by core Banchero and Wagner Jr., the Magic have played a top-5 defensive efficiency in the league, relying on a solid defensive foundation to tie the Bucks for second place in the East.
The Timberwolves in the West have performed more prominently this season, and the Timberwolves, who reached the first round last season, have exploded in full force this season. The Timberwolves have lost just four games so far this season, with a 17-4 record, a winning percentage of more than 80%. The Thunder, who followed closely behind, also improved their record to 14-7 after winning the Warriors, with a winning rate of 67%. But not all of the dark horses have been able to play so well this season, and even if the team has accumulated a bunch of high-ranking players and is still led by a highly talented champion, it is still hard to find a win. 19 consecutive defeats! 16 consecutive defeats! The NBA's most humiliating record continues, and a good hand is played poorly!
So far in the regular season, there are 2 unexpected teams at the bottom of the East and West, and the Eastern Pistons have suffered 19 consecutive defeats and are ranked first in the East. The Western Spurs suffered a 16-game losing streak and ranked first in the West. These two teams have tied the record for the longest losing streak in franchise history, and the Pistons have even surpassed the record for the longest losing streak in franchise history, and each loss now adds to the longest losing streak in franchise history. Ironically, Pistons and Spurs head coaches Monty and Popovich rank in the top two in the league in terms of salary, and these two teams did not plan to rebuild at the beginning of the season. In the third season with the first-round pick Cunningham as the core, the Pistons have rightfully ended the rebuilding slump, and this season Duren has fully grown into a qualified interior lineman.
But obviously, as a core guard, Cunningham still has a lot of shortcomings, averaging 22 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, while delivering a league-high 4.3 turnovers. And as a young guard, Cunningham shot just 34.4 percent from three-point range. And, under the leadership of sought-after head coach Monty, the Pistons have regressed while not improving. It's a bit premature to talk about whether the Pistons will start thinking about dropping Cunningham as the core or Monty, but the Pistons' struggles are inseparable from those two cores. At the start of the season, Monty circled Ossar Thompson and Cunningham, placing Stewart, Duren and Hayes around them. But this lineup does not open any space gap, and Cunningham's inefficient shooting has always been criticized by the outside world.
However, even so, Monty has insisted on using players who are not suitable for three-point ability, and Cunningham needs to be held accountable. Not long ago, the Pistons changed their starting lineup, relegated Ossar to the bench, and greatly reduced Ivey's playing time. Marcus has been one of the few bright spots for the Pistons, but the rookie role hasn't been able to play consistently. The Pistons shouldn't have been holding on to the 34-year-old veteran Bogdanovic, and they should have used him in time to trade for some younger, three-point shooting players. But on the contrary, the Pistons have been pursuing interior Wood, Bagley, Wiseman, Duren and Stewart in recent seasons. For a while, people couldn't help but wonder if the Pistons were going to compete in season 01 or season 23.
The Spurs are forgivable compared to the Pistons, after all, Wembanyama has just stepped into the league's first year, and Wembanyama's individual performance this season is still worthy of recognition, averaging 19 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, and the three-point shooting rate is slightly less than 25.55%. In the game against the Bulls, Wembanyama exploded with 21 points, 20 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks. Wembanyama also became the youngest player in league history to score 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a single game. Compared to Coach Monty, Popovich is more extreme, he directly uses Wembanyama and a lineup of 4 defenders.
This directly led to the Bulls' outrageous 24 offensive boards, and Popovich also said after the game that the team was very bad at rebounding. In fact, the Spurs could try to reduce Sochan's tactical position and let Johnson and Vassell take on the task of organizing and attacking with the ball. Of course, in addition to the Pistons and Spurs, there are also Wizards who have also been very sluggish. The Wizards have won just one more game than the Pistons, with a 3-18 record. It is worth mentioning that these three teams have only won one of their last 49 games, and this victory was won by the Wizards against the Pistons.