3 players who will receive an elevated role for the Detroit Pistons in 2020

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Luke Kennard

After being sidelined for a majority of this past season with bilateral knee tendinitis, Kennard is going to head into next year trying to pick up where he left off.

After exploding for 30 points on opening night against the Indiana Pacers, it was made clear that he was feeling more confident with his shot selection, which was one of the main critiques on his game.

Although at the time he was being utilized as a sixth man (sharing the role with Rose) by the time next season rolls around we could very well see Detroit elect to place him in the starting lineup. The scoring punch that he provides alongside Rose and Griffin puts the Pistons offense in a great place.

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Teams began to specifically scheme against Kennard before the injury derailed his season in order to keep the ball out of his hands, and it forced him to become a better play maker and decision maker.

His ball handling combined with his court vision turns him into a lethal option offensively for Detroit and could be a great pick and roll option alongside Christian Wood.

The role of a top scoring option was supposed to be Kennard’s this season, but it’ll just get pushed back to next season where hopefully he can improve defensively as well.

He’ll need to prove that he can be a long term option for the Pistons, and try to earn a new contract at the same time.