Introducing the Detroit Pistons |  NBA

Introducing the Detroit Pistons | NBA

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The EuroBasket chapter now closed, Basketball United States continues its traditional presentation, franchise by franchise, of the upcoming NBA season. Remember that, like every year, this one takes the form of a countdown, from the worst record in the league to our favorite for the title of champion.

Today, the time has come to talk about Pistonswhose reconstruction project has taken a new turn, with the arrival of talented and promising Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren at the Draft. Of them lottery pickwhich land in an ideal place for their development, since the competition outside and inside is not tough. For one as for the other, there will therefore be room to scratch the minutes, in this environment where youth has taken power…

Unlike Jalen Duren, probably behind Isaiah Stewart in the hierarchy of pivots, we can also expect Jaden Ivey to start as a starter at the back, alongside a certain Cade Cunningham. The (super)star in the making of this team, who has become the go to guy appointed from Detroit since the transfer of Jerami Grant to Portland. And on whom will rest the (meagre) hopes of the Michigan franchise this season.

Because make no mistake about it: except (huge) surprise, despite the recent arrival of Bojan BogdanovicDwane Casey’s men are clearly not destined to play beyond April, in this Eastern Conference which continues to densify over time. Thus, for Sadiq Bey, Marvin Bagley III, Killian Hayes et al., the main objective will be to continue to lay the foundations for their potentially bright future, by showing significant progress in the game.

SUMMER MOVEMENTS

Arrivals : Jaden Ivey (Draft), Jalen Duren (Draft), Bojan Bogdanovic (Jazz), Kemba Walker (Knicks), Nerlens Noel (Knicks), Alec Burks (Knicks), Kevin Knox (Hawks), Buddy Boeheim
Departures : Straw Grant (Blazers), Kemba Walker (takeover?), Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee (Jazz), Frank Jackson (Suns), Luka Garza (Wolves), Carsen Edwards (Fenerbahçe), Jamorko Pickett

PLAYER TO WATCH: CADE CUNNINGHAM

First choice of the 2021 Draft and author of a contrasting but promising rookie year, Cade Cunningham is preparing to attack Year II of his NBA career with a reinforced status on the floor. With the departure of Jerami Grant, he will indeed be the new indisputable and undisputed attacking leader of these young Pistons, looking for a player who can finally pull them up and bring them back to the playoffs.

Complete as possible, the “combo guard” who is celebrating his 21st birthday today will however have to improve in shooting, especially in his selection of shots, and in his decision-making with the ball, to hope to cross a course individually. Because, last season, he often sinned in these areas: 42% of general address (in the Top 20 worst percentages in the league), 31% behind the arc (the sixth lowest percentage in the league), with 3.7 ball losses per game (the sixth highest average in the league).

Thus, if Cade Cunningham manages to reduce the few wastes of his game, while confirming his progress glimpsed at the end of the last regular season, Detroit has a good chance of doing better than its 14th place in the 2021/22 financial year. Especially if, alongside him, Saddiq Bey, Jaden Ivey, Marvin Bagley III, Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart and other Jalen Duren are also developing as hoped…

Average age: 25 years old
Payroll: $122.1 million (28th)

THE IDEAL SCENARIO

With Cade Cunningham in charge, a perfect relay from Dwane Casey on the floor, the Pistons play basketball that is exciting to say the least. Symbol of this local revival: Jaden Ivey, who quickly established himself as the favorite for the Rookie of the Year trophy, with his particularly spectacular game.

In the workforce, behind the backyard owner Cunningham / Ivey, the roles begin to be assimilated by (almost) everyone. From Saddiq Bey, second offensive option and relentless worker, to Killian Hayes, more and more solid defensively, passing by the metronome Marvin Bagley III, the soldier Isaiah Stewart and the very athletic Jalen Duren. Even veterans Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Cory Joseph contribute effectively, not making their leaders regret having kept them at the trade deadlinefor the good of the group.

As a result, if Detroit still fails to find the playoffs, the bar of 30 wins has been reached for the first time since the 2018/19 financial year and the bases for this reconstruction are finally consolidating. A good omen for the future of this historic team, which would become almost attractive again…

WORST SCENARIO

As the main elements of Dwane Casey’s rotation have only between one and four years of seniority in their legs, it is hardly surprising to see these inexperienced Pistons settling, despite themselves, outside the Top 8 and even out of the Top 10 of their conference. As a result, another uneventful season is quickly looming for the Michigan franchise.

On alternating current, Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey do not yet have the shoulders to carry an entire team, despite high class performances at times, while Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren are having an altogether ordinary rookie year, made up of ups and downs. from bottom. As for the contribution of Marvin Bagley III, Isaiah Stewart or Killian Hayes, it remains once again limited and irregular.

Supposed to stabilize and reassure their young teammates with their presence, the former Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Cory Joseph unfortunately often squat in the infirmary. Thus pushing their leaders to separate from them at the trade deadline and leaving Detroit led by its youth, admittedly talented, but far too green to get better than one of the three worst records in the East. Which translates into a fourth consecutive choice in the Top 10 of the Draft.

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