Detroit Pistons: The starting lineup we need to see soon

Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons and Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons and Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

It’s time for the Detroit Pistons to unleash the young players and give the fans a reason to watch.

If you asked any fan of the Detroit Pistons who actually watches the games this season (there are some of us) why they are watching, 99 percent of them would answer “to see the young guys.”

When your team stinks, as the Detroit Pistons currently do, it is not much fun to watch them lose every night with Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose playing big minutes, it’s just not.

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While I agree with Dwane Casey’s philosophy of making young guys earn minutes, they have to actually play for that to happen.

It’s time to see what the Detroit Pistons have in these young players by throwing them in the mix. The Pistons are losing every game anyway, so there is no misplaced argument about “tanking” or “earning minutes” when Blake is playing worse than anyone and still getting them.

Sekou Doumbouya is playing only 13 minutes a game and it’s getting harder to justify when Blake is playing this poorly. I get that a second-year player is not going to displace Blake Griffin right away, but the way the Alpha Ginger is playing, Doumbouya might be an upgrade.

If the Pistons want fans to tune in, they need to give us want we want, which is to see the young guys play together.

Detroit Pistons: The starting lineup we all want to see

I am ready for the Detroit Pistons to do down swinging with a starting lineup of guys that might actually be with the team for the long term to allow them to start building some chemistry.

This starting five would make me excited to tune-in to a Pistons’ game:

PG: Delon Wright

SG: Svi Mykhailiuk

SF: Saddiq Bey

PF: Jerami Grant

C: Isaiah Stewart

Raise your hand if you have been waiting to see this all year. Obviously, this would be even better if Killian Hayes hadn’t gotten injured, but this is a fun, athletic lineup with shooting, playmaking, defense and toughness.

And when they go to the bench? How about at least 20 minutes a game for Doumbouya, who can’t get better if he doesn’t play.

This lineup isn’t going to beat many NBA teams right now, but no lineup the Pistons throw out there will, so why not starting building chemistry for the future?

Saddiq Bey already looks like a steal in the draft and has earned those minutes. Jerami Grant has been fantastic and can be the veteran leader of this group. Svi has earned more minutes and the Pistons need to see more of what he can do.

Isaiah “Beef Stew” Stewart is already a Pistons’ legend after staring down Giannis Antetokounmpo after the recent game against the Bucks and looks like he can be a solid rebounder and defender.

Let’s do this already. The fans are getting weary of watching Blake Griffin shoot eight 3-pointers a game and Derrick Rose dribbling the life out of the ball.

Give us a reason to watch, or most people won’t.

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