Mike Prada of Bullets Forever, who is also contributing on SBNation.com, developed a good idea to compile a list of the most entertaining NBA teams to watch, ordering them from least-watchable to most-watchable (thanks to reader Madpoopz for posting this in the FanShots). He calls it the "Watchability" Scale.
Before I go on, I have to commend Mike for putting this list together. It's obvious that he put a lot of time into writing it and it's worthy of your readership, regardless of the way he ranks them. I think I should point out that this list is a compilation of teams that are the most entertaining teams to watch in his eyes. Obviously, he can't tell you who you should prefer to watch. With that being said, it is an effort to help you determine who you might want to invest time into watching when you have some down time over the Holidays.
In my Larry David voice, "having said that," I have to wholeheartedly disagree with his opinion of the Pistons, who he ranked 26th! I question whether he's spent enough time watching the Pistons:
The Pros? Ben Gordon, a fascinating shot-maker that is equally thrilling and maddening to watch. Gordon's the type of guy that puts your two basketball sensibilities against each other ("oh my God, how did he make that?" vs. "What the heck is he doing shooting that shot?"). Depending on your mood, you either love him or hate him.
The cons? A bunch of guards who can score, but don't pass; Charlie Villanueva (who makes me mad every time I see him for some reason); and several no-name guys that many dieharts don't even know (Jonas Jerekbo, Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers, etc.). Throw in their pitiful home atmosphere (remember the good old days), and it's just a boring team.
Trust me, the die-hards know who Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, and DaJuan Summers are. Jonas Jerebko is quickly becoming one of the most popular Pistons players because of his constant hustle. Austin Daye was a first round draft pick, so I assume any die-hard basketball fan knows him from Gonzaga or from simply watching the first round of the NBA draft.
And I just experienced the Pistons "pitiful home atmosphere" the other night and I can't say it was like the good ol' days when the Pistons were selling out consistently. It was far from pitiful, though. It was loud, it induced goosebumps, and I would have never guessed there were only about 14,000 fans, opposed to the (roughly) 23,000 The Palace holds.
I think the general consensus among Pistons fans is that this is the most exciting team the Pistons have had in years. I understand the Pistons of the past decade weren't necessarily exciting to watch, but I can't imagine one not being interested in watching a team continuously putting forth 100% effort and never giving up, win or lose.
I also believe Mike downplays the importance of winning. While it certainly shouldn't be the biggest factor in a team's entertainment value, it should still play a major role. It might be just me, but I don't want to watch a perennial loser. And that's why it baffles me that the Pistons, who are 11-12 and play fundamental, non-stop hustle basketball, are ranked below the likes of the 76ers, Knicks, Pacers, and Wizards.
I probably can't give the Pistons a fair, concrete ranking because I, admittedly, have not watched as much basketball as Mike claims to watch. I view every Pistons game and then a few other games a week -- that's it. I am, however, confident that the Pistons don't belong in the "equivalent to a trip to the dentist" group. If they do, I want the number to Mike's dentist. I think they're probably more deserving of the "occasionally interesting" to the "I don't know, so I'll just put them here" groups, if not better.
That's enough from me, though. I want to hear what everyone else thinks. Is this team really deserving of the 26th spot on a list of this kind? Where would you put them? Let's hear your thoughts -- speak your minds!