Detroit Pistons off-season summary: Scores, pre-season class, changes, 2022-23 end goal

The NBA Its season! It never seems to stop. Except here’s the thing: I think we got to a place where we basically ended up dealing with the water until we got to boot camp at the end of September. Certainly, we may receive a request to trade from a disgruntled star player before we reach pre-season, and that request may be approved by his current team. For the most part, it feels like we know where the free agents are and where the rosters stand on the way into next season.

With that, I thought it was a good time to look at how the rosters are changing and what that means for all 30 of the NBA teams. We can do this by examining what happened to them last season, how his four groups of players (main keepers, wingspans, strikers and seniors) changed this summer, whether the team improved or not, how they achieved success with the new group, and give them an overall rating for the summer. Also, we’ll provide you with a local or national expert to answer three burning questions about this team.

How far each team ended up depends on their goals to build their group of guys. These are the states available for the 30 teams:

  • Rebuilding the franchise
  • Tired of rebuilding the franchise
  • The Play-In Championship gives them life
  • Watch the play-off
  • On the brink of controversy
  • rival
  • Championship or bankruptcy

Today, we disassemble Detroit Pistons (23-59 last season), who seems to have gotten a lot of buzz as a team that could leap forward.


Out-of-season overall score: B+
Team Status: Tired of rebuilding

What happened last season?

Clarity happened. It might seem a bit obvious, but Kid Cunningham, is the #1 overall pick in 2021, proving he’s the franchise player the Pistons had hoped would be a huge step forward for Detroit. One of the hardest things to do is find this guy, and getting the best pick in the draft is not a foolproof concept to get it. Cunningham took a while to move on, but once he does, there are no real doubts about the direction of this team. He didn’t finish in the top two in this year’s rookie vote, but he had an impressive second half of the season, although his shot still struggled at times.

We have seen a lot of young people making good strides, which is what you wish in the age of rebuilding. be honest with you He took a step back in taking shots, but his game overall seemed to improve. However, he needs a better choice of payoff. Kelly Olynyk Missed half of the season, but get GM Troy Weaver Marvin Bagley III On the trading deadline it was really a good mid-cost high-reward potential. Pairing with and Isaiah Stewart Together it was interesting. The Pistons finished the year strong. After a 12-45 start, which included eight straight games at the end, the Pistons went 11-14 in their last 25 games.


position changes

We may have some quirks about players who belong to specific groups, but I just go with my general impressions of where they belong and where they will likely belong next season. They are not arranged in the expected depth chart. Also, a lot of deals are made on draft night as the player is drafted by one team for a deal that is directed by their trading partner. So we’re including players earned on Draft Night as drafted by their current team. It’s easier this way.

Be sure to check out David Aldridge’s off-season rankings as the Pistons finished 10th.

Changes to bullet guards in Detroit

bullet guards 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Kilian Hayes

Jaden Ivy

2

Corey Joseph

Kilian Hayes

3

Frank Jackson

Corey Joseph

4

Sabine Lee

Sabine Lee

5

Carson Edwards

Kimba Walker

(The main guards are the main initiators from the rear area position.)

Transactions: coined Jaden Ivy With the fifth choice | Traded for Kemba Walker | Corey Joseph Exercise of player option ($5.1 million)

Has Detroit improved here? We’re still waiting for a deal to happen with Walker, but this group is all about how you feel about Ivey’s prospects for pros. He’s one of my favorite players in the draft, so I think this team has done a good job improving themselves. Cory Joseph remains a powerful veteran of helping guys like Ivy and Sabine Lee Able to rotate to a decent team. With Ivy on the team now, this year should be a successful year Kilian Hayes.

Changes to the Detroit Wings

wings 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Kid Cunningham

Kid Cunningham

2

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be honest with you

3

Hamido Diallo

Alec Burks

4

Rodney McGruder

Hamido Diallo

5

Isaiah liver

Isaiah liver

6

Braxton key

Kevin Knox

7

x

Body Boehm

(Wings will do some game making, but they’re mostly there to get their stuff done from the ocean in different recording or 3D roles.)

Transactions: traded for Alec Burks | Team option turned on Hamido Diallo ($5.2 million) | Occurred Body Boehm two-way | Signed by Kevin Knox (2 years, $6 million) | Occurred Rodney McGruder (one year deal)

Has Detroit improved here? Absolutely. They haven’t really lost anything on the wings. Cunningham proves he doesn’t need to think as a man of privilege for the Pistons, so everything else falls around him. Bey is the clear second best winger, so they were able to fill another role around those two wingers with the Burks acquisition. He had a lot of good minutes versus bad nicks team, and it would be a nice addition from the bench for Detroit. I don’t like to go to Knox, but it’s inexpensive, and they probably know something we don’t.

Changes to the Detroit strikers

attackers 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Jeramy Grant

Marvin Bagley III

2

Marvin Bagley III

x

3

Jamorko Becket

x

(Larger players who don’t have wings across the board, but don’t play consistently big enough to get a full-time “big” distinction.)

Transactions: circulating Jeramy Grant to Portland | Re-signed Marvin Bagley III (three years, $37.5 million)

Has Detroit improved here? The pistons actually got worse here, but they were by design. Some question whether the Bagley deal is an overpayment, but it wouldn’t take many big upfronts to justify $12.5 million per season. The move from Grant resulted in future draft assets for them, but mostly they just shifted their slate toward having more large companies and wings.

Changes to the Bigs in Detroit

grown ups 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Isaiah Stewart

Isaiah Stewart

2

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

3

Luca Garza

Nerlence Noel

4

x

Galen Doreen

(Great comrades; it’s pretty self-explanatory.)

Transactions: traded for Nerlence Noel | coined Galen Doreen With the thirteenth choice | Rejected team option turned on Luca Garza

Has Detroit improved here? There is some good depth here. Perhaps the least competitive Pistons team this season will result in trying to move Noel or Olynyk on the deadline. But if pistons can compete, it’s a massive, deep man’s turn. Love them getting Duren on drag night, and he’s likely to be their big man in the future. But he has some good veteran options to contend with before he gets there.



Isaiah Stewart defended James Harden on a trip to the basket last season. (Rick Osintosky/USA Today)

Is the team improving?

I love the guidance of the Pistons on and off, even though this team is still very young. It’s over with Ivy And the Duren in the draft was a huge draw by The Grim Weaver aka Troy Weaver. A lot of these Banks are all about the idea that Cunningham will take steps forward every year, and they need a shot at this team to improve a lot. Maybe it didn’t happen with the planned Ivy right away. It would be great to see Walker captain in the changing room and an assistant on the field, but that’s not going to happen. Signing Knox was the only move that got me scratching my head, but they just hope the 2018 lottery pick will work in their culture.

What does this mean for the upcoming season?

That’s the big question the Pistons and their fans are asking. As the Eastern Conference becomes more and more crowded with good teams, the Pistons are getting quite a bit of buzz as a lesser team can take a big leap forward. Maybe there is something similar that people see with the Pistons and Atlanta Hawks two years ago. The Hawks surprised everyone and ran a random race to the Eastern Conference Finals. That the Pistons are doing this seems pretty extreme and optimistic, but is it crazy to wonder if they could go on a Play-In tournament? Even with some veteran plugins, I find it hard to believe that would happen. I don’t generally trust young teams to know how to win consistently enough. The examples are mostly outliers. But some people think pistons could be the next out.


Three quick questions with James Edwards III, Pistons beat Reporter the athlete

What is a reasonable expectation for Cade Cunningham in Year 2?

Cunningham must have been flirting with the All-Star season. He doesn’t have to, but he should be one of the first names on the “he’s been scorned” list. The future success of the Pistons will likely be determined by the heights the 2021 first-choice can reach. Plus, if Detroit wants to surprise the league this season, it will be because Cunningham has taken the step. The LaMelo Ball-Year 2 jump will make many people feel comfortable.

What’s the best lineup the Pistons can throw out there?

That’s tough Detroit, for the first time in a while, is enjoying some diversity. Dwane Casey can make several logical formations but they have different strengths. I still think this team needs to focus on their three-point shot. It’s been really bad the past two seasons. With that, I’ll start playing with Cunningham-Ivy-Livers-By-Stuart. It’s a small assortment, but it’s as good in terms of developmental spacing/arrangement as you can throw it in there. The Livers, who were a second-round pick last year, will fire at least 36 percent of the 3 in each NBA season. I think that. I’m also in the camp where Stewart improved his shot with three points to finish last season and into the summer league. Some would say Bagley should start from the Livers, and I understand that. However, this is probably the most balanced and wide lineup Detroit can throw out there right now.

Who do you think made the biggest leap this season?

It’s Liver or Stewart, if not both. As mentioned above, Livers will be a dead shooter throughout his career. He’s done it on every level so far. was so very Good defensively in the summer league – understanding where you need to be, rotations, etc. He’s a Dwane Casey player. I would be surprised if he hasn’t been in the course all season. As for Stewart, he has established himself as one of the best convertibles in the league last year. As for what he gives up in terms of size as an edge protector, he forces surrounding players into tricky shots. On the other end of the floor, adding 3 matching balls will make it difficult for him to get off the ground. He’s not the Pistons’ best threat, and needs to improve as the ultimate leader around the edge. But if it ends up being a legitimate 3-point shooter of a decent size – a hill I’d like to die on – it opens up a lot of avenues to improve the offensive production of the pistons as a whole.

Team Status Target by the end of 2022-23: Team Play-In Tournament gives them life

(Cade Cunningham top photo: Rick Osentoski / USA Today)

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