Good stat/bad stat for the Detroit Pistons to start the season
Good stat: 3-point percentage
The Detroit Pistons are currently 6th in the NBA in 3-point percentage, hitting 38.9 percent through six games. This is a great development considering Bojan Bogdanovic, Monte Morris, Alec Burks and Isaiah Livers have all been hurt. Detroit has five guys shooting over 40 percent (Burks, Sasser, Cade, Stew and Ivey) with Sasser and Burks hitting 56 and 53 percent, respectively.
You could definitely argue that they aren’t shooting enough of them, as Detroit is only 26th in the NBA in attempts. They need to find a way to get more looks, which will also help open up some of the spacing issues we’ve seen so far.
Bad stat: 2-point percentage
Ahh, the catch.
The Pistons are just 27th in 2-point percentage, which is wild considering they have a couple of players in Jalen Duren and Marvin Bagley III who almost exclusively finish with dunks. As good as he has been from 3-point range, Burks is shooting just 23 percent inside the arc. Killian Hayes’ 32 percent isn’t helping things either and Cade Cunningham has shot just 9-of-25 at the rim and is just shooting just 40 percent from 2-point range overall.
I’m not worried about Burks, as he doesn’t shoot much inside the 3-point line, and Cunningham’s misses at the rim could somewhat be a by-product of early-season fatigue and high usage. Hayes has been disappointing so far, though he did hit half of his shots last night against the Pelicans.