Who will be the Detroit Pistons most improved player?

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 12: Stanley Johnson
ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 12: Stanley Johnson /

The Detroit Pistons have a lot of young talent on their roster, and some players who were incredibly disappointing last year, after standout performances the year before. With these things in mind, who will be the Pistons most improved player this season?

The Detroit Pistons were a train wreck last season. After a promising campaign in 2015-16, the Pistons’ 206-17 campaign ended up being incredibly disappointing.

Not only did Reggie Jackson, the engine that drives the Pistons, suffer a significant knee injury, but when he returned, he looked like a shell of his former self. Moreover, Andre Drummond played with even more inconsistencies and regressed in just about every area. Finally, Stanley Johnson was expected to take a big leap forward after a promising offseason, only instead of doing that, he took five steps back.

Other players that were disappointing or may see increased minutes include Jon Leuer and Henry Ellenson.

With so many candidates to take a step forward, who will be the Pistons most improved player?

My vote goes to Stanley Johnson.

I think Reggie Jackson bounces back in a big way, but injuries can be tricky to predict. Andre Drummond may regain his all-star form from two seasons ago, but neither player will see the increase in minutes and role that Johnson will see.

Now, I realize opportunity doesn’t always equal efficiency, but from a purely statistical standpoint, I believe Johnson will be much better. I also think he will be a much better player too, not just from a skill-set perspective, but also in maturity, based on what we’ve heard him say.

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That’s my take, what’s yours?