Detroit Pistons: What is the next step for each rookie?

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Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls defends Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Can Stewart be a creator off the dribble?

Isaiah Stewart has already done things this season that some critics never thought they’d see.

He has extended his range to the 3-point line and knocked down 33 percent of them on just under an attempt per game, numbers that a lot of scouts would not have predicted.

We knew Beef Stew was going to be a defense/rebound/hustle guy but an improved jump shot raises the ceiling of what he can be from role player to potential All-Star, much like we’ve seen with Bam Adebayo.

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The most recent wrinkle to Beef Stew’s game has been the ability to create off the bounce, which he did a couple of times in the recent loss to the Bulls.

When the defender closed out, Stewart hit him with a pump fake, then drove to the rim for the bucket and foul.

If Stewart can start creating off the dribble, we are going to have to recalibrate what he can be as a player, as he is looking less like Ben Wallace and more like a guy who could be a force on both ends.

The next step for Stewart is to continue to improve that jump shot and to get more comfortable driving to the rim with the ball.