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

Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball puts the Hornets ahead of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Best young cores in the Eastern Conference: Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers

No.7: Charlotte Hornets

Young Core: LaMelo Ball, Devonte’ Graham, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, Malik Monk, Jalen McDaniels and Vernon Carey Jr.

The Hornets have assembled a really nice young group of players, but outside of LaMelo, none of them really look like stars.

Graham, Bridges and Washington are all good players whose ceiling is likely below All-Star but are good pieces.

LaMelo is the wild card. If he develops into a superstar then this Hornets team could be good very soon, especially if they have an impact off-season.

No. 6: Indiana Pacers

Young Core: Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Aaron Holiday Cassius Stanley

I was going to put the Pacers higher, especially considering the rest of their team is pretty much the same age, as Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon and most of their other contributors are under-30.

Sabonis is one of the best under-25 players in the league, Turner has turned into a valuable rim protector and the Pacers are good now, which is more than most of the teams on this list can say.

The only problem is that most of their guys are just outside of the age range to be considered “young.”