Stock Soaring: Isaiah Stewart
Isaiah Stewart has been the Pistons’ most consistent player this season, so his stock isn’t exactly soaring as much as it is steadily rising.
Stewart has been a calming presence on the floor at times, and often seems like the old veteran out there as he talks with teammates after mistakes or communicates on defense.
He’s been noticeably more patient this season, not forcing shots and taking it to the hoop or dishing when the 3-point attempt isn’t there. You could argue he’s been a little too unselfish at times, as he’s knocking down long-range shots at over 46 percent so far this season but is only attempting 3.5 per game. If Stewart is ever going to be a guy teams fear on the perimeter, he’ll have to shoot more, as right now they are still happy to leave him open, so his hot shooting start hasn’t done much for the spacing.
Over the last five games, Stewart is shooting over 51 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range, so all of the work he put in on his shot this past offseason is really paying off. You can see it in a more fluid stroke with fewer hitches and less hesitation as well as his overall comfort and confidence levels, as you can see he thinks his shots are going in, which was not the case last season.
Beef Stew has pretty much been everything we wanted him to be this season, and has also stepped up as one of the team’s leaders. It’s still early but there are going to be a whole lot of haters eating their words.