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Last year's ranking: 84
Title track: 31
Fan relations: 112
Stadium experience: 90
Bang for the buck: 88
Two consecutive 29-53 seasons, especially after the team excitedly signed veteran F Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal before the 2013-14 season, takes a toll -- not only on the fans, but our Ultimate Standings too. The team dropped 21 spots to 105 overall this year, the team's biggest slide since 2010. And though ownership dropped 19 slots, the team gained traction in coaching, rising 45 spots this year, due in large part to the organization's restructuring during the season. The team hired Maurice Cheeks to replace head coach Lawrence Frank, but fired him after a 21-29 start.
The team slumped even further when interim coach John Loyer completed the season winning just eight of the team's final 32 games. But the organization is determined to get it right this year, announcing after the season that the highly regarded (and frequently grumpy) Stan Van Gundy would take over as both president of basketball operations and head coach. And although the team took a 14-spot hit in stadium experience, The Palace of Auburn Hills is wrapping up a three-year, $40 million renovation just in time for the 2014-15 season. The arena changes include a new center court high-definition "Palace360" scoreboard system, audio system enhancements, free Wi-Fi capabilities and live-radio streaming on the Pistons' mobile app. So even if the team struggles again, you can follow the action on multiple HD devices. Win-win!