It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to write this, but your Detroit Pistons have a winning record.
Yes, they’ve only played three games, and yes, two of them were against the lowly Hornets and Bulls, but there is a much different feel around the Detroit Pistons in 2023-24.
They are playing physically, flying around on defense, making the right reads, switches and rotations and starting to build the foundation of a potential top-10 defense.
The offense has been just good enough, especially with the Pistons crashing the boards on all of the misses, getting some easy second chances and scoring a ton of points in the paint.
They will get an early test tonight against OKC and as the schedule gets more difficult in November, we will start to see what this team is really made of. But for now, most of their players are trending up.
A team effort for the Detroit Pistons
It hasn’t just been one or two guys for Detroit, as everyone seems to have bought in on the defensive end and they are getting some kind of contribution from every player in the rotation.
Cade Cunningham has shown how he can control the offense, get his shot and set up teammates. He’s shooting the ball much better and averaging over 22 points and eight assists through the first three games.
Isaiah Stewart has arguably been the Pistons’ most important player, as they have fed off his energy and clutch shot-making. He’s averaging 14 and 10 with the type of shooting that makes his move to power forward look sustainable.
Ausar Thompson hasn’t shot the ball well yet, but his defense has been smothering and he is an absolute menace on the boards, averaging over 10 rebounds per game to lead all rookies. Did I mention he’s a wing?
The best part is that as good as these three have been, they didn’t even make the cut for the “trending up” section of this week’s stock market.