Detroit Pistons: Early concerns and anger from fanbase over Jaden Ivey

Jaden Ivey #23 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) defends against Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal (3) Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports /

Some Detroit Pistons fans are already losing it over Jaden Ivey

I get the concerns. Ivey only played 17 minutes in game one and there were plenty of fans who didn’t understand why Killian Hayes was playing so much considering he too couldn’t make a shot.

The answer was obvious if you actually watched the game, as Hayes’ defense in the second half was part of the reason the Pistons got back into it. He came up with some key stops against Jimmy Butler, and sorry, you’re not getting those stops from Ivey or Marcus Sasser.

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But that didn’t prevent a small group of fans (how do they all find me?) on social media ranting about Monty Williams and how he is treating Jaden Ivey. “It’s criminal!” “He’s ruining Ivey!”

I’m not going to put anyone on blast by posting their rants here (also, I find them tedious), but suffice it to say I got more vitriol than expected, most of it aimed at Monty Williams. One very balanced and totally not deranged individual suggested to me that Williams should be fired after the first game. Take a breath there, fella.

I get that these fans represent a small portion of the fanbase, but I think this is a theme we are going to see all season until Ivey is playing well. People need to relax, as Ivey is still young and will need time to figure out how he fits into his new role with new teammates.

And he will get there, as Ivey is a hard worker, wants to be great in Detroit and has the mentality to persevere through the first challenge of his young career.