3 New Year’s resolutions for the Detroit Pistons in 2022

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons speaks with Saddiq Bey (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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New Year’s resolution #2 for the Detroit Pistons: I will find some shooters

What has become painfully obvious this season is that the Detroit Pistons do not have enough long-range shooting to compete in the modern NBA.

I love the idea of building around versatile players who can defend multiple spots, as I do think that is the blueprint for victory moving forward, but at some point you also need guys who put the ball in the hole.

There are a number of shooters available this offseason who will not break the bank, and the Pistons need to find some of them.

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The Pistons are currently tied for last in the NBA in 3-point percentage, hitting just 31 percent as a team. With the best teams hitting closer to 40 percent, Detroit clearly has some work to do.

Currently, they are being led by Cory Joseph, who is shooting 37 percent on two attempts per game, hardly numbers to get excited about.

Guys like Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey have picked things up after slow starts and should end the season with decent numbers but the lack of shooting is holding the Detroit Pistons back.

Especially guards Killian Hayes and Cunningham, who are good playmakers whose passes to open teammates often turn into bricks. You have to wonder what their assist numbers might look like if the Pistons had a few shooters out there.

Getting Kelly Olynyk back will help, but the Detroit Pistons are still a shooter or two shy of what they need to compete and should make it a goal to find those guys over the next year.