Detroit Pistons: Trade, Pending or Core? Where each Piston fits

Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Jerami Grant
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Detroit Pistons: who are the core players moving forward?

The Core

  • Jerami Grant
  • Saddiq Bey
  • Isaiah Stewart
  • Sekou Doumbouya
  • Killian Hayes

These five players are the core of the Detroit Pistons.

Jerami Grant looks like a star and a lock for Most Improved Player. Troy Weaver looks like a genius as he is only 26-years-old and has been one of the best wings in the NBA this season.

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Saddiq Bey has shown himself to be a player. He can defend and shoot already and has the skillset to fit on just about any roster.

Isaiah Stewart is already a fan favorite and looks like a young Ben Wallace at times, grabbing boards and defending all over the place.

Sekou Doumbouya hasn’t done much yet but he is still only 20-years-old. People want to call him a “bust” but then forget players like Pascal Siakam didn’t enter the league until age 22 and didn’t make an All-Star team until age 25. It is way too early to give up on Doumbouya.

Hayes’ injury, unfortunately, ended his season, but his size and IQ at the point guard position should serve the Pistons well as long as he comes back full strength.

This isn’t a bad core to build around, and if the Pistons can add another top-3 pick they should have one of the better young groups in the NBA.

The Pistons finally have some keepers and it is going to be interesting to see how Troy Weaver builds around them.

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