The Pistons’ playoff odds continue to drop.
Detroit – ninth in the Eastern Conference at 28-29 – saw the teams surrounding it in the standings stock up before the trade deadline. The Hornets traded for Courtney Lee, and the Wizards added Markieff Morris. Charlotte (2-0) and Washington (2-1) have looked better than the Pistons (1-2) since the trade deadline.
Trading for Tobias Harris should help Detroit in the long run, but losing Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova in the deal with the Magic hurt the Pistons’ depth and comfort level. Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton were supposed to replenish some of that depth, but Detroit voided that trade with the Rockets.
If that weren’t enough, rookie Stanley Johnson went down in the Pistons’ win over the Cavaliers yesterday.
Rod Beard of The Detroit News:
This leaves Detroit’s bench awfully thin, especially for ball-handlers. Harris moved into the starting lineup after Tolliver’s injury, and the Pistons are missing a lead guard without Jennings or Thornton. Jodie Meeks also remains injured.
At least the Pistons, as a result of the voided traded, still have their 2016 first-round pick.