Detroit Pistons: Ranking the top-10 young cores in the Eastern Conference

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Best young cores in the Eastern Conference: Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls

No. 9: Detroit Pistons

Young Core: Killian Hayes, Sekou Doumbouya, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Josh Jackson, Svi Mykhailiuk, Deividas Sirvydis

This might be high or low depending on how you feel about Killian Hayes and Sekou Doumbouya.

Bey and Stewart already look to be at least can’t-miss role players in the NBA and could be much more.

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Mykhailiuk will be a shooter off of someone’s bench eventually and the Pistons are still high on Sirvydis, though he hasn’t played.

Hayes and Doumbouya are the wild cards, as they both have high-ceiling talent but as of now it is all potential. People who believe in this potential will rank them higher, people who don’t will have them at the bottom of the East.

If 26-year-old Jerami Grant is included then the Pistons are a few notches higher.

No. 8: Chicago Bulls

Young Core: Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Coby White, Patrick Williams and Lauri Markkanen

It’s possible that Carter Jr. and Markkanen won’t be with the Bulls much longer but they already have a star in LaVine, a bench scorer in White and a high-ceiling prospect in Williams.

It hasn’t translated to much success but the Bulls could easily make a move that would propel them into the playoffs.

If the Bulls make the right moves over the next couple of seasons then they could finally turn things around in Chicago.