Detroit Pistons Draft picks: NBA Draft prospect Jalen Suggs’ fit with Killian Hayes
Some fans are concerned that Suggs and Hayes are somewhat redundant, especially on offense.
First off, you don’t pass on a guy because of “fit” when you just completed a 20-win season, so fans should worry more about talent than what position they might play.
Suggs and Hayes are both point guards who can play off the ball and both are plus playmakers, which is a good thing. There is no rule that a team can only have one playmaker and all the best teams in the NBA have more than one guy who can initiate the offense and set up their teammates, so I don’t see that as a problem.
Both Hayes and Suggs are excellent in the pick-and-roll and would give the Pistons a variety of offensive options, especially if the Pistons are able to add a couple of shooters.
They both have plus size and would be difficult for other teams to match up against on the offensive end, so I think this backcourt pairing could not only work but thrive.
The only concern would be spacing, as neither is a great 3-point shooter yet, as Hayes struggled shooting this season and Suggs was only a 33 percent 3-point shooter in college on a fairly low volume.
The Pistons are already light on shooting, but that can be fixed easily enough in the second round of the draft and free agency. Having two dynamic playmakers on the floor would make the Pistons’ offense far less predictable and would take some of the pressure off Jerami Grant to be the number one option.
Killian Hayes and Jalen Suggs are not necessarily the perfect match on offense, but would have the chance to be an elite defensive pairing.