Cade Cunningham painted a clear picture after the Detroit Pistons lost an 11th straight game.
The Pistons sit rock bottom of the NBA, having suffered a 142-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Detroit are 2-12 for the season, with a .143 win percentage.
Point guard Cunningham delivered a blunt assessment of the situation.
"We've got to be realistic about the situation," Cunningham said.
"It's hard to just be like, 'Oh we're good, we're good,' because we're bad. We've got to address that.
"We're the youngest team in the league, scrapping and clawing for everything.
"That should be the last thing that needs to be asked of us or talked about, how hard we're competing. That should be a given."
Monty Williams, the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year, is in his first season in charge of the Pistons after four years with the Phoenix Suns.
"I think a few of our guys are dealing with how hard the league is," Williams said.
"When you're dealing with it, the one thing you can control is your competition level. I didn't see that across the board [against Toronto]."