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Detroit Pistons: Is Sekou Doumbouya getting worse?

When the Detroit Pistons drafted Sekou Doumbouya they knew he was a long-term project.

The athleticism was there but the basketball skills were not, and considering he was the youngest player in the draft, this wasn’t at all shocking.

But Doumbouya had a decent rookie season, flashed some big potential and got fans excited for what they might see in year two when Doumbouya would theoretically get more minutes and make a leap as a player.

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So far, that leap has been backwards.

Doumbouya is down in nearly every single statistical category in year two, including minutes, points, rebounds and shooting percentage.

He has looked completely lost at times, a guy who is just out there burning calories but not getting much done.

I don’t think anyone expected Doumbouya to have a breakout season as he is still very young, but it would be nice to see some type of progress.

His minutes have been sporadic, which is tough, but he hasn’t done much with any extended run he’s been given, which is disappointing.

There is still time for him to get things going and have a positive second season and it is still way too early to call him a bust, but I haven’t seen much to be optimistic about, especially when other Pistons’ rookies are flourishing in their roles.