What Saddiq Bey did to Orlando while no one was watching: 3 takeaways

Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) drives to the basket in the third quarter guarded by Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

Center by committee for the Detroit Pistons

Earlier this week, I wrote about whether the Pistons would go for a big name center this offseason or roll into next season using a center by committee approach.

Injuries forced the latter last night, as both Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III played over 30 minutes and Kelly Olynyk added 19 minutes off the bench.

Stewart and Bagley III played most of their minutes together, something we haven’t seen much this season, and the results were encouraging.

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The two combined for 36 points, 21 rebounds and three steals for the Pistons, played off each other all night and seemingly had no problems sharing the lane.

Beef Stew was running the floor hard and got most of his buckets off early post ups or put backs, but also had a couple of nice moves in the paint, one of which resulted in a thunderous dunk.

Bagley III was pushed a little further from the hoop than normal, but was still able to get to his spots, hit a couple of 3-pointers and get after it on the offensive glass.

It looks as though the Pistons’ gamble on Bagley III is paying off, as he has given the bench a boost, played well with the starters and shown that he can fit into a variety of lineups.

His play has given Detroit the option to stick with the bigs they have, maybe add a low-cost guy in free agency or the Draft and use several bigs with varying skills next season instead of going after a high-priced guy.

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