NBA power rankings 2012: Pistons down, receiving mixed reviews

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The struggling Pistons near the bottom of rankings across the Internet.

Despite winning four of their last seven games, the Detroit Pistons are still near the bottom of NBA power rankings across the web.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com has moved the Pistons up one slot to No. 26 in his rankings. Schuhmann saw promise in Andre Drummond's breakout game against the Raptors, tallying a double-double and making some big defensive stops.

ESPN's Marc Stein also has Detroit at No. 26 and up one place from last week. He says Drummond's limited playing time is "about all we can second-guess with a coach who can't do anything this season except develop the kids."

Others aren't as positive about the Pistons' recent success, however. Seth Rosenthal of SB Nation has moved Detroit down to No. 28, citing increased confusion over the constant change of playing time distribution. Even after Monday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Sam Amico of Fox Sports also moved the Pistons down to No. 28, writing that even though their youth is a promising start, it's still only a start.

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