All eyes are on the Detroit Pistons right now, and for all the wrong reasons. The franchise, which includes former Golden State Warriors' center James Wiseman, is on the brink of unwanted NBA history.
Detroit's 119-111 loss to the undermanned Utah Jazz on Thursday marked their 25th-straight loss, putting them one loss away from the record for most consecutive defeats in a season which is currently held by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers.
Former Golden State Warriors big man James Wiseman is nearing the top 10 for worst winning percentage among current players
When the Warriors moved Wiseman in a four-team deal at last season's trade deadline, the hope for him was that a young, rebuilding franchise would offer greater playing opportunity. There has to be a balance though, particularly for someone like Wiseman whose development had already been stalled largely through injury.
The truth is that the completely abhorrent form of the Pistons has done the former second overall pick little favors. Detroit holds a 2-40 record since Wiseman's arrival, a ratio scarcely believable.
That's not a direct correlation to Wiseman at all. If anything, the 22-year-old has enjoyed some positive moments in recent weeks. It does go to show how historically bad the Pistons have been for the majority of this calendar year.
Wiseman had a 27-33 record in his 60 games with Golden State, giving him a career record of 29-73 in 102 games. That 28.4% winning percentage ranks as the 11th-worst among current players to have appeared in at least 100 NBA games.
Given Detroit's struggles this season, you could expect Wiseman to enter the top 10 in worst career win percentage. The positive for him is a number of teammates sit above him, with Killian Hayes (23.3%), Cade Cunningham (24%) and Isaiah Stewart (25.6%) occupying three of the top four spots.
Not that it's their fault, but the Warriors really did send Wiseman to perhaps an even worse position despite the contrasting circumstances. Losing inherently is sure to do little for confidence, not to mention the bad habits that are often formed during such lousy periods.
Wiseman and the Pistons will seek to avoid equalling the streak when they visit Barclays Center to play the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.