Detroit Pistons: One surprising statistic from each player

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons, Hamidou Diallo
Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: The high flyers

These two guys provided most of the Pistons’ highlight reel dunks this season and look like future pieces of the rotation moving forward.

Tyler Cook- 0

Tyler Cook has ups and can dunk as well as just about anyone in the NBA, but what he can’t do is shoot, and when I say he can’t shoot, I really mean that THIS MAN CANNOT SHOOT. Tyler Cook attempted exactly ZERO shots outside of nine feet. He only took a couple from outside of five feet but my man didn’t make a single jumper this season and in fact, didn’t even attempt one, which is pretty crazy considering he played in 27 games. Tyler Cook can run the floor and has some intriguing defensive potential as a shot blocker, but he needs some type of offensive game outside of dunking.

Hamidou Diallo- 39.5 percent

When the Detroit Pistons traded for Hamidou Diallo, they knew they were getting a high flying athlete who had huge defensive upside, which is the mold that Troy Weaver seems to be building around. But Diallo flashed an evolving shot while in Detroit and showed the potential to be much more than just an athletic defender who can dunk. Diallo shot 39.5 percent from long range while in Detroit this season, albeit on only two attempts per game. Even though it was low volume, it was great to see this from Diallo, as a 3-point shot is the only thing stopping him from being a very valuable wing in this league, as he can already defend and run the floor.

The Detroit Pistons may end up with a special player here. It’s unfortunate that his season was derailed by injury but he showed enough to get an extension and shot at the rotation next season.