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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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he is fouled by Josh Jackson #20 of the Detroit Pistons with Mason Plumlee #24 and Saddiq Bey: Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE. /

The Detroit Pistons can upgrade at center

Current Rotation: Mason Plumlee, Isaiah Stewart, Jahlil Okafor and Tyler Cook

Even though both Plumlee and Stewart had impact seasons for the Pistons, this is still a position that can and must be upgraded if they are going to compete for the playoffs.

Homegrown options:

The Pistons will be hoping for a big leap from Isaiah Stewart as their main upgrade at the center/power forward position.

His ceiling had to be adjusted after he showed the ability to step out and hit 3-point shots and to defend all over the floor. Stewart’s ability to switch onto perimeter players is the reason why he is the  best defensive player in his draft class.

Plumlee just had the best season of his career and is not likely to get much better, Okafor is what he is and Tyler Cook can’t shoot outside of five feet so there is definitely room to upgrade behind Stewart.

NBA Draft:

The Detroit Pistons could definitely upgrade by taking a guy like Evan Mobley in the draft. Mobley might be the best pure “fit” of any of the top guys and if the Pistons end up with the second pick, don’t be surprised if they use it on Mobley.

The Pistons also need help with rebounding and rim protection, so I can definitely see them grabbing someone to help the rebounding in the second round.


If the Pistons wanted to upgrade their center position, they might be able to do so by trading Plumlee or Okafor. Plumlee is a guy who could definitely help a contender and they might be willing to give up a rebounder or shot blocker for a guy who makes plays from the center position. The Pistons could also deal from their guard surplus to try and find some additional depth behind Stewart. I would love for the Pistons to try and move Okafor and replace him with someone who can defend and block shots.

Free Agency:

There are a few centers I love in free agency, including Nerlens Noel, whose shot blocking was a big reason why the Knicks’ defense improved so much this season. If the Pistons wanted to go the veteran route then a guy like Robin Lopez makes some sense as a defender and mentor to the young guys. There aren’t a ton of guys available at center, so competition will be fierce and I can’t see the Pistons overpaying for a veteran center.

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