Detroit Pistons: It’s a make-or-break season
I’ve written a lot about Killian Hayes lately, so I don’t want it to seem like I am picking on him, but it is what it is.
He’s more or less in a “contract season” just like Saben Lee, as he has just a team option left on his deal after next season. Like Hamidou, it’s all about improvement for Hayes, as he is still so young and has flashed huge potential at times.
Now it’s just about doing it consistently, as he has a real chance to carve out a nice role for himself this season as a backup point guard and has to make the most of it.
He should be able to excel in certain bench lineups with shooters and dunkers, and has already played defense well enough to be a part of crunch-time lineups.
I don’t think Killian Hayes is at risk of falling out of the NBA, but his future with the Pistons becomes less sure if doesn’t progress this season. He still has time, and will hopefully do enough this season to make that team option a no-brainer for Detroit.
It’s all about health and consistency for Killian who has a chance to solidify his spot as part of the future core or to bring up even more questions.