Detroit Pistons: 3 trends to watch after win over Magic

Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Frank Jackson
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Detroit Pistons: Battle of the young point guards

I wrote about how one of the most interesting subplots with Delon Wright out with injury is which of the young point guards would step up to seize the opportunity.

So far the answer has been Saben Lee, who had his two best games as a professional since getting increased minutes.

He was great last night against Orlando and the game seems to change completely when he enters it.

Lee filled up the stat sheet once again, notching 21 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals while making all three of his 3-point attempts.

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Increasing his shooting range is one thing that Saben Lee needs to work on as the season progresses, so it was nice to see him drain a few from deep.

Dennis Smith Jr. also had a good game, scoring 14 points in 18 minutes and adding a couple of blocks and a steal.

Smith Jr. has not shot the ball well this season (or any season really) but he has the tools to be a plus defender, which is probably how he can make a team next season off someone’s bench.

Frank Jackson only played 12 minutes but also had positive contributions.

So far the Lee has pulled ahead in the point guard competition and this should be fun to watch until Delon Wright comes back and takes his starting role.

The Detroit Pistons are trending the right direction in some areas while getting worse in others, which will be something to keep an eye on as the first half comes to a close.

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