While four teams compete to win the 2021 NBA Championship, the Pistons won something of their own this month, the NBA Draft Lottery. Now they have an important choice of what to do with the top pick.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, Pistons fans are unanimous in what they want the team to do.
That, uhhhhh, is not difficult to parse — #JustTakeCade. Does that mean every fan is correct? No. Cade could disappoint, someone else could rise up as the best player in the draft class or a deal could be so potentially good that the Pistons would be dumb not to say yes.
In the poll, users were given an option to select Cade, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, or trade down for players and/or picks. And 100% still say draft Cade Cunningham. If you think that’s crazy, sign up to receive future polls to help inject some sanity into the proceedings. If those results seem just about right, well, be happy that Pistons fans are speaking with your voice.
The poll also asked about the pressing question of the current use of replay in the NBA as it grinds the pace of games down to a crawl as crucial plays are being reviewed.
In the NBA Playoffs, the usage, and results, of official replay review have been hotly debated, especially among the broadcast crews. Officials are picking plays, without complete consistency, and dissecting the replay frame-by-frame.
While this has been a point of contention on broadcasts, it’s not that simple. According to the survey, more than two-thirds of NBA fans still approve of the use of official replay reviews.
Despite the overall support, there is clear room for improvement, according to fans. More than three-fourths of fans around the country believe there needs to be a time limit placed on the official reviews, preventing the referees from looking at replays for extended periods.
Another idea that could help with the staggered nature of the final two-minutes of play is limiting the amount of times officials are able to go to replay. However, a majority of fans are against this as an option.
At the heart of the issue, for many fans, is what the desired result should be in actuality. The increase in amount of cameras and technology of them has given everyone from officials to fans at home the ability to see extreme detail. But is seeing, for instance, whose finger last brushed the ball what is most important?? Or should the decision be instead based on who caused the ball to go out of bound?
According to nearly two-thirds of fans, officials’ decisions should be based on the spirit of the rule instead of the strict letter of the law.
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