Detroit Pistons: What Delon Wright’s injury means for Detroit

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Jan 23, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) dribbles by Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle (22). Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons were already shorthanded without the services of Blake Griffin, so losing Delon Wright for at least several weeks is going to hurt.

Wright will be evaluated in two weeks with a strained groin that is also going to strain the Pistons’ already thin roster.

The Pistons aren’t really trying to win anyway, but Wright was playing well and was starting to get some trade buzz around the league.

Wright was also establishing himself as a fan-favorite with his gritty play, so losing him will not only hurt the Pistons’ chances of winning games but also the development of the young shooters like Saddiq Bey, who Wright was often setting up with his passing.

Delon Wright’s injury will have a domino effect on the Detroit Pistons, here’s how.

Detroit Pistons: With Delon Wright out, the tank is on!

One of the reasons the Pistons have been hanging in so many games this season is that veterans Mason Plumlee, Wayne Ellington and Delon Wright have been pretty good.

They are smart players who don’t take much off the table, so that alone was enough to keep Detroit from getting blown out too often.

With Wright out, the tank is well and truly on, as the Pistons’ offense needs his dribble penetration, passing and scoring, which was obvious in the most recent loss to the Magic.

He also sets up some of their 3-point shooting, which already got worse in his absence, as the Pistons hit just 11 of their whopping 40 attempts last night against Orlando.

The Detroit Pistons still have just eight wins and are two games below the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the East.

Only Minnesota has been worse, and they just fired their coach, which will hopefully inspire them to win a few games.

Detroit wants that number one pick and they are on their way to having the best odds to get it.

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