Detroit Pistons: How do rookies’ stats compare to NBA stars?

Saben Lee #38 of the Detroit Pistons Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE.
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DeAndre’ Bembry #95 of the Toronto Raptors reacts as Saben Lee #38 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Saben Lee and Kyle Lowry

Of all the rookies the Detroit Pistons have this year, Lee plays the fewest minutes with only 15 per game. However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a promising future. The young guard averages 5.7 points, 3.3 assists, and shoots 47 percent from the floor. He hasn’t shown himself to be a deep threat yet, but that’s okay.

Another player who was reluctant to shoot from three early in his career was Kyle Lowry. The longtime Raptor debuted with Memphis in 2006 and put up nearly identical numbers to Lee. He scored 5.6 points, had 3.2 assists, and shot only slightly worse from the floor.

It should be noted that Lowry only played ten games during his rookie campaign, but the next season he played in all 82, and all his numbers stayed around the same, aside from his shooting which went up from 36 to 43 percent, more comparable to Lee’s rookie numbers.

A lineup of prime Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Jordan, Paul George, and Kyle Lowry is a fantasy owner’s dream. Is it realistic that all four players stay on the trajectory that they’re on? Nope, but it’s a fun premise that gives Detroit fans a reason to be positive. Add a lottery pick in the 2021 Draft to the mix, and in four or five years this team could be leading the Eastern Conference.

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