Detroit Pistons

The Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941. They moved to Detroit in 1957 and have won three championships. They are a franchise with a rich history and just like the city of Detroit, there’s very little glamour on court.

The Bad Boys era has gone down in the annals of time and become infamous for the successful implementation of the ‘Jordan rules’. And in the early 2000s a Chauncey Billups led team famously defeated Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals. One of the greatest sporting upsets of all-time.

Stuck in the middle – should the NBA’s mediocre teams go all in or tank?

Floating outside of contention while too good to tank is one of the toughest places to be in the NBA, so Tom Hall considers how some of those middle-of-the-pack teams should progress