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

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New Year’s resolution #3 for the Detroit Pistons: I will find an athletic big man

Another thing that has become clear this season is that the Detroit Pistons need another big man.

Isaiah Stewart has had a lot put on him in year two and it has taken its toll, as he has been asked to be the defensive anchor on this team which has clearly had a negative impact on his offensive development.

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In the end, Stewart doesn’t have great size for the position, which I don’t think ultimately matters, but it would be nice for Detroit to have another big who can protect the rim, run the floor and catch a lob.

The lack of a real rim runner and lob threat is another thing that has set the young guards back, as they just don’t gave that outlet down low to toss it up to when they’ve broken down a defense or a guy who can run with them in transition.

I don’t think traditional centers are all that important in today’s game, but teams will always need rim protection and ways to get easy buckets, something the Pistons rarely get.

This player doesn’t have to be an All-Star, but getting Stewart some help down low should be a priority this offseason, as the Pistons are 27th in rebounding and 16th in block shots.

Hopefully 2022 will be better to the Detroit Pistons, and it will be if they just stick to the plan, make the right draft pick and don’t get impatient in free agency.

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