2 possibilities for the Pistons depth chart with Isaiah Livers out
One of the biggest topics of conversation this offseason is how the Pistons will use their multitude of bigs, especially considering 3/4ths of them can’t shoot at all and none are great defenders yet.
Monty Williams threw gasoline on this fire by saying that he thought JALEN DUREN COULD PLAY THE FOUR, a response that sent Pistons Twitter into panic mode.
I don’t think Duren at the four is something we’ll see, as coach Williams was really just saying that Duren had that kind of athleticism and ability.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t see some version of the dreaded two-big lineups, especially now that Isaiah Livers is sidelined.
- Cade Cunningham/Monte Morris
- Jaden Ivey/Alec Burks
- Bojan Bogdanovic/Ausar Thompson
- Isaiah Stewart/Marvin Bagley III
- Jalen Duren/James Wiseman
We saw enough of MBIII and Wiseman together last season to know it’s likely to be a diaster no matter who the coach is.
The spacing was horrible, but even worse was the effect on the defense, as neither of these guys can step out on the perimeter or chase a quicker forward down the floor on the break.
But with Livers out, this option is on the table for the Detroit Pistons, though I am sure coach Williams will use it sparingly and ditch it completely if it is not working.
Livers may only be a role player, but his absence will affect the Deroit Pistons, who were already low on players who can play the four and stretch the floor.