Will the Detroit Pistons be elite in transition?
The Detroit Pistons were 26th in fast break points per game last season, getting just 10.5 points per game in transition.
To put it in perspective, the best team (Memphis) scored 17.4 fast break points per game, and that difference is often the margin of a close game.
Detroit’s half court offense was better without Jerami Grant and should be even better with Bojan Bogdanovic in there, but they still need to get more easy ones on the fast break.
One video from practice that stood out was one in which we saw Cade pushing in transition, kick to Ivey who then takes a few dribbles to draw in the defense and then kicks it out to Bogdanovic for the open corner 3-pointer:
Having two unselfish guards who can push the pace and draw in defenders should open up a lot more transition opportunities for shooters like Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Livers and even Isaiah Stewart.
Ivey’s speed alone should lead to a few more fast break chances per game, so I do think that, along with better shooters, should lead to the Pistons making a big leap in fast break points this season.
If they can get closer to the top of the league than the bottom, it could be the difference in some of those close games.