Possible Pistons’ depth chart and starting lineups after Bogdanovic trade

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Alec Burks, Cade Cunningham
New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (18) is guarded by Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

Possible Detroit Pistons’ starting lineup and depth chart #2

Another option would be to split up the two young guards in the starting five and give Cade Cunningham more shooters to work with:

  • Cade Cunningham/Killian Hayes
  • Alec Burks/ Jaden Ivey
  • Saddiq Bey/ Hamidou Diallo
  • Bojan Bogdanovic/ Isaiah Livers
  • Isaiah Stewart/ Marvin Bagley III

The upside to this configuration is that Cunningham will be surrounded by shooters, which might be the best way to unlock his full potential, as he’d have plenty of space to operate in the mid-range and post without a lane-clogger on the floor.

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This might also be the best way to unlock Jaden Ivey early on, as he can be the primary scorer (along with MBIII) in the second unit, taking some of the pressure off Killian, who can focus on being the playmaker.

The downside is that Cade and Ivey don’t start the season together, which probably isn’t a big deal considering they are going to be playing plenty together either way. This also leaves the second unit bereft of shooting, and it’s fair to ask if defenses would just clog the lane to stop Killian, Ivey and MBIII, daring anyone from this group to shoot over the top.

Although I think Burks and Bogdanovic will often be a part of crunch-time lineups, I would rather split them up most of the time to ensure there is always one veteran sharpshooter on the floor at all times.

This particular construction has some flaws, especially when it comes to the bench.