Given that our team is about as bad as we've been this whole millenium it is tempting to think we should try to lose a bunch of games and get a good draft pick out of the lottery. While that may be tempting, and I enjoy imagining thabeet or griffin in a pistons uniform as much as the next guy, the lottery would be horrible for us. First off, the lottery has been horrible for us. With Dumars at the helm the draft has given us 2 nba starters, one of which is playing in utah. Maybe if you add in another 3 more people that are playing on the bench. Thats about 5/16 of success out of the draft. Before we give guaranteed money to the next rodney white, mateen cleaves, or the human victory cigar (Dumars' choices when picking higher than 15), we should take a second and think about the benefits of getting into the playoffs instead. If we are a playoff team then our new players like stuckey and afflalo will get experience in games that matter playing with teammates that will push them. I imagine this is the difference between young point guards like rajon rondo and mike conley. Another big reason is that the free agents that we are going to be spending all of this money next year are going to want to go to a winning team. If Detroit can't even do better than seven other teams in the eastern conference, we'll have to hope the new MGM grand casino will go along way towards attracting a big man to the D. Most importantly, we can actually get into the playoffs. The bottom 60% of the eastern conference is as soft as jello and after this terrible road trip that is most of who we are going to be playing. If Curry is hoping to have a recovery he has a pretty solid month and a half to do it. I'd much rather hope for Curry to get it together, than hope for us to burn another draft pick.