Detroit Pistons: Predicting the 5 most Impactful players

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Sekou Doumbouya
Sekou Doumbouya /

5. Sekou Doumbouya

Last year’s first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, Sekou Doumboya may find himself near the top of this list by the end of the season, if the reports of his offseason workouts translates into on the court production.

The second year forward from France had an up and down rookie campaign. After starting the season in the G-League, Doumbouya gave fans a glimmer of his huge potential mid-season with flashes of stellar play.

A vicious poster dunk in Cleveland provided wallpaper material, and may have been the highlight of an up-and-down season.

What sticks out with Sekou Doumbouya is how incredibly young and raw he still is. Moving to another country at age18 certainly isn’t easy for anyone, especially when you’re counted on being a franchise cornerstone.

One thing that may hold back Doumbouya from taking a big leap is the signing of Grant. Visually, Doumbouya and Grant mirror each other in several ways: size, skillset and athletic abilities. Grant is obviously the better player, right now, but don’t be surprised to see experimental lineups with both on the floor this season.

A whole year to settle in, get used to his surroundings, coaching staff and teammates will surely put Doumbouya in a more comfortable situation than last season. It helps having a childhood friend in fellow Frenchman Hayes join the team as well.

Doumbouya’s stats last season won’t blow anyone away, but many also didn’t even expect him to get out of the G-league either. he actually played well when the Pistons took on the Los Angeles Lakers.

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He’s still a project, but, given the circumstances going into 2020-2021 season, expect a big leap.