Detroit Pistons: Best-case/worst-case scenario for each center
Jalen Duren will be the youngest player in the NBA next season, so the best-case scenario for him is that he is in the rotation and playing a significant role by the end of the season.
Duren already has some skills that will play in the NBA right now, particularly his ability to catch a lob and block shots, but he is a bad rebounder and hasn’t shown he can do much else on offense other than dunk.
With Noel possibly out to start the season, the door is open for Duren to get minutes right away, so hopefully he can play within himself, reduce mistakes and show that he deserves to be in the rotation all season.
Depending on how things turn out with Isaiah Stewart, the best-case scenario is that Duren is the starting center by the end of the season and he and Beef Stew look like one of the best defensive frontcourts in the NBA.
The worst-case scenario is that Duren isn’t ready to play in the NBA, falters early on and has to be sent to the G-League for some fine tuning. Considering his age, it wouldn’t be a disaster for him to go to the G-League where he can be the starter and get huge minutes.
So the worst-case scenario is really him going to the G-League and not dominating so that Detroit doesn’t even feel comfortable giving him garage time minutes late in the season. I can’t really see this happening, as Duren showed enough in Summer League to make most people think he can at least be a third center if not more right away.