The race for the playoffs is too close for comfort in the east with the Wizards, Pistons, and Bulls all within arms reach of entering the postseason. Only one team can make it. Which team will it be?
Kyle Curry – The Detroit Pistons have some talent on their roster but can’t seem to get a string of wins going. Right now they are sitting at 32-31 with a recent loss to the Spurs (that is not really a surprise though). Even with that loss they are still above .500 and only sitting a half game behind the Bulls. Andre Drummond is probably one of the best rebounding centers in the association, and in any given night he can go for 20 points and 20 rebounds. Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Reggie Jackson all have good games every now and then, but still, there is a reason that the Warriors and Spurs are leading the West and the Cavs are leading the east, and that is due to consistency. At the end of the season I do not see them making the playoffs. I believe D-Rose and the Bulls will hit their stride and even the Wizards have the chance to make a push. I am just not buying into the Pistons right now.
Ben Buchanan – The Pistons are currently in position to lock up the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Despite being 9th seed currently, they are in a very heated battle in the middle of the Eastern Conference, they are only a few games out of 5th and only 1.5 games over 10th seed. They’re competition down the stretch for a playoff spot will likely involve the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, and Chicago Bulls with only three playoff spots between the five of them. Between those teams, I definitely have faith in the Pistons to lock up a spot. They have too many nice pieces with Andre Drummond (averaging 16.8 ppg, 15 rpg and 1.5 bpg), Reggie Jackson (averaging 19.4 ppg, 6.2 spg), and newly acquired Tobias Harris (averaging 14.0 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 apg at the stretch 4 position). These young studs will only continue to get more familiar with each other and gain more chemistry as the season progresses. Many bright things are in the future for the Pistons, and the 2016 Playoffs may be one of them.
Jr. Williams – The Bulls, Wizards, and Pistons are all fighting for the last and final spot in the Eastern Conference, and while the Pistons possess a much improved roster, overall experience could be the delimiting factor that keeps them from making the postseason this year. The Pistons have an unfavorable remaining schedule with at least half of their games against teams over .500. Their schedule becomes even more interesting during the final week of the regular season as they are set to square off against the Washington Wizards lead by John Wall and a Chicago Bulls team that just regained their best player, Jimmy Butler. The race for the eight spot will be close, unfortunately, I think the Pistons will fall short as the Chicago Bulls will capture the No.8 spot in the east.