5 questions for Dwane Casey on Pistons’ media day

Head coach Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after hitting a a 3-pointer (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Is this a playoff team?

We spent most of the offseason talking about whether the Detroit Pistons were going to tank, but with the addition of Bojan Bogdanovic, this looks more like a team that could at least sniff the play-in discussion.

Are the Pistons contenders? Of course not, but we’ve seen teams like Cleveland make big leaps from the cellar to the play-in in recent years, so is Detroit going to be next? Does Coach Casey feels like this team has enough talent to be this year’s Cavaliers?

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Which Detroit Pistons player is going to surprise us next season?

Fans are not privy to all of the information in the offseason, so we are left with snippets of workout videos and phone camera footage of pickup games to make our guesses about which players have gotten stronger, faster or improved in certain areas.

I can’t put much stock in these things, as year after year we see guys like Killian Hayes draining 3-point shots in an empty gym and decide he’s on the verge of a breakout season.

So from the perspective of the guy who gets to see more of them, who does coach Casey believe is going to have a surprise breakout year for the Pistons? Will it be Isaiah Stewart hitting more shots and become an offensive weapon to go along with his defensive versatility?

Will Killian Hayes make a leap offensively? Is Isaiah Livers destined for the starting lineup?

We assume guys like Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey will improve, but who is going to surprise us next season?