24. Detroit Pistons

Record: 11 - 22
Last Week's Rank: 27
Last Week's Results: L vs. San Antonio 95-99, (Tue); W @ Boston 98-88, (Wed); W vs. Sacramento 114-108, (Fri); W vs. Boston 96-81, (Sun)
This Week: @ Cleveland, Tuesday (2/21); @ Toronto, Wednesday (2/22)

If we had to pick a word to describe the Pistons right now, it would undoubtedly be "better." We've been hard on them as a team all season. But, every week, they've gotten better. They're playing harder. They're getting more out of guys like Rodney Stuckey. And they're buying into the philosophy of first-year head coach Lawrence Frank. Does that mean they're headed to the playoffs this year? Hell no. But, it does mean that they've got a better chance to make them sooner than later. And, at this point in the season, "better" is really all the Pistons fans out there can ask for, especially after the way things started out this year.—Chris Yuscavage