3. Will the Detroit Pistons Get Remotely Better?
They may have handed the Spurs their worst loss of the season to start the new year, but the Detroit Pistons are not a good ballclub by any means. Fortunately, the worse they are, the more that will benefit San Antonio.
As part of a five-team trade last August, the Spurs acquired a 2022 second-round pick via the Washington Wizards. The conditions to that pick state they will receive the most favorable pick between the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Detroit Pistons. Since the latter has only won nine of their first 39 games, it's safe to say the Spurs will probably be selecting early in the second round as long as Detroit keeps on their current pace.
The bottom line is Detroit doesn't really have many assets other teams would be interested in trading for besides Jerami Grant, who is their only player currently making over $20 million. Unless they flip him for some miracle workers that will spur a miraculous turnaround, I think we can look forward to their high second-round pick going south to San Antonio in this year's draft.