Detroit Pistons: Advanced stats show Isaiah Stewart’s potential in bigger role

Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 17: Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Stewart’s per 36 numbers show his potential in a starting role.

Per 36 stats are a calculation of a player’s box score stats if they played 36 minutes per game. Stewart’s per 36 numbers are a great insight into what the big man could become in a bigger role. While the 20-year-old is unlikely to actually play in 36 minutes per night next season, these numbers are a good indicator of what he can do in a larger role after developing his game from year one to year two.

Per 36 minutes, Stewart is calculated to put up 13.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per contest. While these are not All-Star numbers, they are the numbers an above-average starting center would put up.

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If Stewart is able to garner more rotational minutes, these numbers are not far off from what he would likely put up in his sophomore season.

The Pistons would benefit greatly by having a center who averages a double-double without eating up too many shots or touches in the process. For reference, Stewart’s field goals came off assists 65.9 percent of the time. Andre Drummond’s field goals were off assists just 57.1 percent of the time during his tenure in Detroit.

Stewart’s field goals come off a lot of lobs and quick passes to him below the rim. He does not post up on many of his touches like Drummond had a tendency to do.

Stewart with a larger role in the Piston’s rotation would be a productive scorer on the offensive end of the court without impeding on Detroit’s more high volume scorers like Jerami Grant.