NBA Power Rankings: Who Are The Early Surprise Teams Of 2021?

30. Detroit Pistons (3-13)

Last Week: Lost to Atlanta, Lost to Houston, Lost to Philadelphia 
Upcoming Games: vs. 76ers, @ Cavaliers, vs. Lakers

At 3-13, Detroit currently has the worst record in the NBA. It’s lost four in a row, and eight of its last 10 games. To make matters worse, this upcoming week appears far from a cake walk. The Pistons get to play arguably the best team in the East (Philadelphia) and the best team in the West (Los Angeles Lakers). Detroit will then play an upstart Cleveland team on the road before finishing the week traveling all the way to the Bay Area to play Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Even the heroics of Jerami Grant (24.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG 1.3 BPG) won’t be able to save Detroit from continuing to sit in the NBA’s cellar.

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29. Washington Wizards (3-9)

Last Week: Charlotte (PPD), Milwaukee (PPD), Lost to San Antonio
Upcoming Games: @ Rockets, @ Pelicans, vs. Hawks

The Wizards desperately need to get back into a rhythm. After missing six-straight games due to COVID-19 protocol, Washington played its first game back against the Spurs (which was a 20-point loss). This week doesn’t get much easier, as a back-to-back on the road (Houston, New Orleans) is joined with home games versus Atlanta and the Brooklyn Nets. Should Washington lose three of these four — or potentially all four — it might already be kissing its playoff hopes goodbye.

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