Killian Hayes‘ had an inconsistent rookie season with the Detroit Pistons. The youngster began the NBA season as the Pistons’ starting point guard. In his first seven games of the season, Hayes averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 turnovers on 21.1 minutes per game. In his first seven games, Hayes shot 27.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc.
Just seven games into his rookie season, the 19-year-old tore his labrum in his right hip. The injury would cause him to miss the next 40 games for Detroit.
Upon his return, Hayes played inconsistently. On some nights, the point guard would shoot above 50 percent from the floor, and on others, he would shoot one for six. On top of that, the rookie was in and out of Detroit’s lineup as well.
Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes showed flashes late in the season
As the season drew to a close, the seventh overall pick in the 2020 draft started to put things together. In the team’s final five games, Hayes averaged 11.2 points and 6.4 assists while shooting an improved 41.5 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from three-point range.
The 6-5 lefty has a lot to improve on in year two of his young NBA career. Hayes struggled to shoot efficiently from the floor, and he turned the ball over a lot for 21.1 minutes per game.
The rookie’s season was not all bad. Despite struggling last season the young point guard showed flashes of why the Pistons selected him seventh overall last year. Hayes showed immense potential as a creator on offense, and his solid defense was able to keep him on the floor despite his struggles on offense.
Hayes will look to continue this positive momentum into next season as he develops his game. This offseason, Hayes needs to improve his scoring, ball security, and overall game. The 19-year-old has the potential to make a huge leap in year two.
As Hayes develops his game, here are three NBA stars for the young point guard to study this offseason.