While I don't think Detroit will make the playoffs, I can still see them getting the 7th or 8th seed. I'd actually prefer they get the 7 or 8 spot, because they won't do a damn thing in the playoffs, and then be stuck with a meh draft pick. I don't see them being too far off from say teams like Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, or Minnesota. They all have their flaws. The only difference I see between those teams and Detroit, is that I can see those teams sneaking into the 5 seed, and Detroit won't be able to do that. However, I can also see each of them struggling and completely missing the playoffs with their flaws.
I obviously say that as someone who doesn't think Howard is good enough to stand on his head for an entire series, like Holtby and Halak have done recently.