Detroit Pistons: 8 items on the team’s holiday wishlist

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) and Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Allison Farrand-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) and Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Allison Farrand-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons, Jaden Ivey
Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons’ holiday wishlist

4. Clarity at the center position.

The center position, or frontcourt as a whole, needs to be figured out moving forward. Isaiah Stewart has started every game he has played this season, recently starting alongside Jalen Duren. This was the plan all along and provides some insight into why Stewart spent so much time working on his jumper this offseason.

We know that Stewart can’t be our starting center long term and that we need a real lob threat on the floor. For everything that Marvin Bagley III offers on the offensive end, he leaves much to be desired on the other.

My wish is that the Pistons just roll with Jalen Duren at center, giving the 19-year-old all the reps he needs to reach his full potential.

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5. Jaden Ivey escapes mini-slump and gets going.

Jaden Ivey came out of the gates this season just as we expected – electric, aggressive, and sometimes sporadic. All part of the plan. What we didn’t plan for was Ivey to come out knocking
down shots at a consistent rate. Unfortunately, that has slowed down.

An injury and a couple rough shooting nights later, Ivey finds himself in the first slump of his young NBA career. Through some bumps and some growing pains, Ivey will learn when to call his own number and when to pick his spots. With the losses piling up and the absence of Cade, Ivey will get plenty of opportunity the last 50 some games this season.

6. Bojan Bogdanovic is only traded for big return.

Bojan Bogdanovic is having the best season of his career. He is the Pistons leading scorer with 21.1 points per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from three, and 88 percent from the line. He is flat out hooping.

This has caused other teams to start calling. Troy Weaver stole Bogdanovic from Utah and I’d hate to see another team steal him from the Pistons. Detroit has him locked in for another two years. Unless someone offers multiple first round picks or a great pick paired with a quality starter, Bogdanovic should remain a Piston.