Who is going to start at power forward for the Detroit Pistons?
I don’t think there is any doubt that the Bogdanovic trade gives Detroit a more balanced roster, as they had too may centers and not enough shooting.
But there are still a lot of questions about the starting lineup, specifically who is going to start at power forward? Bogdanovic seems like the obvious choice, but if he starts, who is moved to the bench?
Will Marvin Bagley III be more of a center with the second unit? Will Isaiah Stewart come off the bench and be a power forward with Nerlens Noel or Jalen Duren at center?
Coach Casey only has 10 days until preseason starts, so doesn’t have much time to figure out how all of this works and it all starts at the power forward spot and how he plans to deploy his bigs.
Are Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey the opening night starting backcourt?
I am sure coach Casey would be diplomatic about this one and say something about spots being earned, but he may not have a choice in this one, as the Pistons’ brass clearly see Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey as their backcourt of the future.
But that doesn’t mean the future is now, as Alec Burks may be a better fit with Cunningham initially given that he is a 40 percent 3-point shooter who has spent his entire career playing off the ball.
Would bringing Ivey off the bench so that he can play more on the ball be the best way to ease him in, or would this just mess up the chemistry with Killian Hayes and the second unit? If Cade and Ivey are the future, wouldn’t it be best to just get it started now? Has Ivey showed enough as a shooter to make you feel this pairing is going to work right away?
I am sure we’ll hear some version of these questions at Pistons’ media day tomorrow, and plenty more, as Detroit still has a whole lot of things up in the air with the season lurking.