Pistons: 2nd-tier free agents if Detroit strikes out on top guys

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Detroit Pistons: 2nd-tier 2022 NBA Free Agents

Jusuf Nurkic: Center

Some fans of the Detroit Pistons have identified center as the biggest position of need, and while I don’t agree, Detroit could definitely use another big, either a cheap, rim running backup to be the third guy or a starter who could push Isaiah Stewart to the bench.

The Pistons also have Kelly Olynyk to consider, and he may end up being the odd man out if they sign another big or draft one.

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Nurkic has been solid in his career with Portland, a steady 15 points, 11 rebounds guy who is a physical defender, though he doesn’t block many shots.

The problem with Nurkic is that he doesn’t provide the rim protection, transition buckets and athleticism that the Pistons need, so even though he’d ben an upgrade, it wouldn’t be in an area of need.

Also, Isaiah Stewart will probably get close to those numbers next season and will still be on his rookie deal and Nurkic made $12 million the season and will probably be looking for more.

He’s another guy I would pass on, as I don’t see him moving the needle and the Pistons need guys who can shoot more than they need another below-the-rim big.