The Detroit Pistons' woes on defense continued in their recent loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The team currently has the worst defense in team history, with a 118.5 defensive rating, the second worst in the league. In the game against the Trail Blazers, Detroit's defense was notably lacking on the wing, as former Piston Jerami Grant scored 36 points unopposed, and the Trail Blazers' starting perimeter players shot a combined 61% from the floor. Saddiq Bey and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Pistons' starting forwards, have defensive ratings of 119.4 and 121.5, respectively, both worse than the team's overall defensive rating.
Why it matters: The Pistons' defense is a major issue for the team and is hindering their success. Even in the current era of high-scoring offenses, the Pistons' defense stands out as particularly poor. For the team to improve, changes will need to be made to the roster or defensive scheme.
Detroit Pistons By the Numbers
- The Pistons have the worst defense in team history
- The team has a 118.5 defensive rating, second-worst in the league
- Saddiq Bey has a defensive rating of 119.4
- Bojan Bogdanovic has a defensive rating of 121.5