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The Detroit Pistons had been 20-46 when the NBA season was suspended, 13th within the Japanese Convention, which suggests they aren’t headed to the Walt Disney World bubble. They’re presently and not using a everlasting GM, though Woj reviews they might be closing in on three candidates. Probably the most promising younger participant on their roster, Christian Wooden, is an unrestricted free agent. The 2 most costly contracts on their books for subsequent season are Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose — each of their early 30s, nicely previous their primes, and who, mixed, missed 64 video games final season.
Their lottery decide from final yr’s draft, Sekou Doumbouya, is an ultra-raw 19-year-old who noticed simply 754 minutes final season. They maintain a 42.1 % probability of touchdown a top-four decide on this yr’s draft, and a 10.5 % probability of getting the highest decide. However, sadly, it’s a draft class extensively seen as weak in each peak and depth.
All that’s to say, the Detroit Pistons nonetheless have loads to determine.
The place do the Detroit Pistons go from right here?
Wooden was a revelation in his first actual prolonged alternatives after the Andre Drummond commerce and, apart from no matter residual worth Blake Griffin would possibly maintain, he’s in all probability Detroit’s most attention-grabbing piece. In 12 video games as a starter, Wooden averaged 21.9 factors, 9.four rebounds, 2.Three assists and practically a block and a steal per recreation, taking pictures 56.zero % from the sphere and 40.eight % on Three-pointers. However, once more, he’s a free agent and even when the Pistons can coax him again they’ll be paying a heftier worth for manufacturing that’s sustainability continues to be very a lot unsure.
Transforming in direction of a core of Wooden, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown has its attraction, particularly with Kennard’s taking pictures and secondary creator upside, and what Brown has proven on the defensive finish. However that group doesn’t precisely scream championship upside, Brown and Kennard will each be 24 heading into subsequent season and due for hefty raises themselves the yr after that.
Possibly Doumbouya can take a leap subsequent yr and the Pistons can land somebody within the draft like Onyeka Okongwu or Killian Hayes who has each upside and sufficient NBA-readyish ability to essentially increase the short-term ceiling on that group. However committing some huge cash to Brown, Kennard and Wooden runs the chance of simply placing the Pistons again on this identical place in three or 4 years after an exhausting spring on the mediocrity treadmill.
The issue is, the Pistons aren’t in a great state of affairs for pushing issues within the different course and actually bottoming out both. They don’t have any additional incoming first-round picks and even flipping Kennard, Brown, Griffin or Rose isn’t going to herald any actual draft capital or a fair youthful participant who rolls the workforce’s developmental timeline again to align with Doumbouya’s.
The truth is that the Pistons are nonetheless working throughout the field of their earlier choices. It’s potential that a type of GM candidates is a wild visionary but when this group goes to take some huge swings now might be not the time. It’s not thrilling however the transfer appears to be — attempting to re-sign Wooden, attempting to get any value-added you might in a commerce for Rose and Griffin, after which seeing what occurs with this yr’s decide and subsequent yr’s participant growth.
It was a loopy weekend for the NBA’s deliberate resumption of the season in Orlando. There appear to be rising participant considerations about two points — the league’s potential to guard well being and security in Orlando and the best way shifting athletes into the bubble would possibly hamper their potential to take part in and lead social justice activism. So much goes to be altering over the subsequent few days, so don’t depend on something operating in keeping with the present plan.
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