Next season is an important one in the Detroit Pistons restoration, and if rookie Marcus Sasser finds his footing, he could have a place in the rotation. Detroit traded up to draft him, and we should see them invest in his development one way or another.
Marcus Sasser could be a bench spark for the Detroit Pistons
A 6-foot-2 guard who shot the ball well in college and prided himself on defense, Sasser should be a solid 3-and-D guard whose size fits the point position but whose style of play may better fit a shooting guard.
Hopefully, this makes him an excellent combo guard who can come off the bench, give energy to perimeter defense, help blunt the opposing team’s point of attack, and spread the floor offensively.
If he spends time with the Motor City Cruise, he’ll see the court, learn the playbook, and practice with the team.
If the coaching staff deems him NBA-ready, however, he’ll be competing for playing time against Killian Hayes and Monte Morris, a healthy competition for a team motivated to develop.
As a bench spark, Sasser could play alongside any of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Monte Morris, or Killian Hayes. Hayes and Cunningham provide size, passing, and vision. Morris provides strong shooting and veteran leadership, and Ivey provides athleticism and speed. Sasser would complement all of these strengths.
Marcus Sasser should fit in well with the growing core of the Detroit Pistons. As a backup who can play both guard positions, shoot, and defend, he could complement any of the other guards on the team.
With Killian Hayes on the clock and Monte Morris added as a veteran presence, Sasser has time to develop and learn the NBA game. If he proves himself ready, he’ll find a place. If he needs the year to develop, he’ll have the opportunity to grow into and compete for backup minutes.