2 most disappointing players for the Detroit Pistons this season

Frank Jackson and Kelly Olynyk of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons’ most disappointing players: Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk was the Pistons’ big free-agent acquisition in the offseason and was supposed to be a veteran presence who would solidify their bench and help the development of Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes.

Olynyk was coming off his best season as a pro, and I thought he might have a shot at Most Improved Player if he had a similar type of season for the Pistons in an expanded role.

He was supposed to be the number one guy off the bench, a player who would help improve Detroit’s woeful shooting and give them a big who could stretch the floor.

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Instead, Olynyk is having arguably the worst season of his career, averaging just 9.2 points per game (down from 13.5 last season) and shooting  a career-worst 33 percent from long range.

Olynyk’s effective field goal percentage is by far the lowest of his career, as he has shot just 46 percent from 2-point range and 70 percent from the free-throw line.

In his defense, Olynyk has only played 27 games after having to undergo knee surgery and this clearly had an effect on his season, but in the end, the Detroit Pistons signed this guy to give them consistent production from the bench and he hasn’t, whether because of injury or ineffectiveness.

Olynyk has been good at times, and you can see the fit, but he’s not been in the lineup consistently enough nor played consistently when he has been.