Detroit Pistons: Why Killian Hayes is going to make a big leap next season

Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes needs improved balance on his shot

Knowing precisely what you need to improve is a big advantage for a player heading into his first offseason, as Hayes can do targeted drills to help him in specific areas.

Hayes shot just 35 percent overall this season and only 27.8 percent from 3-point range, so we know he needs to get better as a shooter, but there are specific areas in which he needs work.

He needs to be better as a spot-up shooter, as he shot just 30 percent on jump shots while he shot over 50 percent on floaters.

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Hayes was 25 percent on pull-ups and had some success with step back 3-pointers, shooting 33 percent, which is better but still needs a lot of work.

Part of this is that Hayes is often off-balance when he shoots, something that happens to young players who are trying to avoid defense and contact.

Hayes shoots a lot off of one foot, which is fine when he is driving for floaters and layups, but not so much when he is pulling up for a jump shot.

Hayes will focus on getting both feet underneath him on jumpers this offseason and should improve in that area. He is already very good at using his size and change of pace to get into the lane, but until he can reliably hit a jumper, teams are just going to collapse and force him to shoot over them.

Hayes is going to work on his jumper and his balance, which will help him make a leap next season.