Detroit Pistons: 4 ways to upgrade at each position

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey.Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons and Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons need more depth at the forward position

Current rotation: Jerami Grant, Saddiq Bey, Sekou Doumbouya and Deividas Sirvydis

Wing is both the strongest position for the Pistons and the one where they most need more depth. Their two best players are wings (Grant, Bey) but the two guys behind them are still young, unproven and could be upgraded.

Homegrown options:

Obviously the Detroit Pistons are hoping that Saddiq Bey continues to build on his impressive rookie season. Bey was very solid in year one, didn’t look like a rookie and can be counted on to play big minutes next season.

Jerami Grant was amazing in his breakout season but does he have another level? Can he be a number one scoring option on a good team? Can he improve his playmaking? I think the Pistons can count on both of these guys being better next season and adding more nuance to their games.

The big question marks are Doumbouya and Sirvydis. Doumbouya showed little progression this year in a very limited role and Sirvydis had one good half off the bench in a meaningless game. If the Pistons feel like these guys aren’t going to cut it, they might not be Pistons by the end of next season.

NBA Draft:

Wing is also an option in the NBA Draft but only likely if the Detroit Pistons drop out of the top four. I can’t see them reaching for Kuminga or Barnes any higher than that. If the Pistons get the number one pick they will take Cunningham. Number two would likely lead to Evan Mobley and three or four to Green or Suggs.

If the Pistons dropped to five or lower, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Johnson and Jonathan Kuminga are all options.


Doumbouya is the last man standing from the previous regime, so I could definitely see Troy Weaver shipping him out at some point next season if he is not getting minutes. The problem is that Doumbouya hasn’t done enough to warrant much return in a trade, so the Pistons would almost have to give him away. But if they identify a veteran forward on a rebuilding team, they could try to move Doumbouya for some veteran depth.

Free Agency:

The Pistons should sign Kawhi Leonard! Ok, so that is not happening and nor are any of the other top forwards in free agency. The Pistons are probably a year or two away from going after the Jeff Green type veterans who can be a nice addition to a contender. I would really just love them to grab a tough, rim protecting veteran to compete for minutes against the youngsters, someone in the Khem Birch tier. If they wanted to take a chance on a rehab project they could bring Stanley Johnson home (no really) or take a chance on a guy like Semi Ojeleye. The Pistons aren’t going to be splashing out big money but I could see an addition to add some veteran depth.