The Detroit Pistons are better than last season. They’re also younger than last season.

Getting younger isn’t rare. Weighted by playing time, 13 teams have an average age younger than last season.

Getting better is even more common. Fifteen teams have a better winning percentage than they had last season.

But the better/young combo? That’s not quite so easy. Only four teams have accomplished both: the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and, yes, the Pistons.

After years of wallowing in a sub-mediocre abyss, the Pistons are on the rise.

Of course, their situation is far from perfect.

They’re not the NBA’s youngest team. That’s the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the New Orleans Pelicans.

And they’re far from the NBA’s best team. At 13-14, their record ranks just 14th in the league.

But the Pistons are on pace to hold an annual distinction: the youngest playoff team.

If the season ended right now, the Pistons would hold the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Their average age, weighted by playing time, is 24.7, third-youngest in the NBA. (The 76ers and Pelicans are not on pace to make the playoffs.)

There’s no guarantee either will hold at the end of the season, but that’s where the Pistons stand at the moment.

So how much does being the youngest playoff team matter?

Five years after being the youngest team in the 1995 playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers won a championship.

But the 1997 Los Angeles Clippers, 1998 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2007 Golden State Warriors were each the youngest playoff team, and they each missed the playoffs in the following five seasons.