Detroit Pistons stock exchange 2022: Who is on the rise?

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons, Cade Cunningham
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons’ guards

Rodney McGruder

McGruder has at least shown that he will be ready to play off the bench, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some team (other than Denver) tried to snag him away at the deadline for depth.

Stock: Up

Saben Lee

Lee is a dominant force in the G-League, there is no doubt of that, but so far it hasn’t translated to the NBA. He hasn’t played since January 21 and has been with the Cruise ever since. It’s been a weird year for Lee, who is obviously too good for the G-League but hasn’t been able to get consistent minutes with the Pistons.

Stock: Neutral

Cory Joseph

Joseph has played well in his starting role and has really had a solid season after a rough start. He’s another guy who I could see teams asking about for backup point guard depth.

He is also shooting 43 percent from long range, so his value has gone up in recent weeks.

Stock: Up

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Frank Jackson

Jackson has not been able to do it consistently but he is a threat to go off in just about every game. When he is hot, he provides instant offense off the bench for the Pistons. He had a streak of five double-digit performances in a row broken last night, but prior to that had put up 25, 14 and 19 in the previous three games. Given his low contract, age and production, Jackson has become a nice signing for the Pistons, as he can score in bunches and gives them a weapon off the bench.

Stock: Up

Killian Hayes

Hayes has played moderately better since moving to the bench, as he gets some time to lead the offense as the primary ball handler.

We all know Killian can play defense and that his passing is there, but until he has some kind of offensive game, it’s hard to imagine him as a starting guard in the NBA.

The Pistons have no choice but to be patient with Killian at this point, continue to give him minutes in a developmental season and keep encouraging him to be more aggressive on offense.

I am not ready to give up on Hayes but his lack of development this season has been disappointing even though he has been playing through injuries and has flashed signs at times.

Stock: Down

Cade Cunningham

Cunningham was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January and was put on the top of the NBA Rookie Ladder after some outstanding performances where he showed his array of skills.

Cade has still struggled to shoot from long range at times, but he is figuring out a mid-range and post game that could be his bread and butter moving forward as he looks very difficult to stop.

Before his hip injury he had put himself squarely into the Rookie of the Year debate, so even though he’s had to miss two games, Cade Cunningham is on the rise.

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