3 Pistons whose stocks are skyrocketing, 2 that are fading fast

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons, Marcus Sasser
Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser (25) Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

Stock soaring: Marcus Sasser

What can you say about rookie Marcus Sasser except that he needs more minutes?

He’s a rookie who doesn’t play like a rookie, as he has poise with the ball, makes smart plays and gets after it on defense, which we know Monty Williams loves. Sometimes we overthink the draft, as we get caught up in how tall a guy is or how long his arms are and ignore what was right in front of our faces. Sasser was the best player on one of the best teams in college for over two years and was an elite shooter and leader in that time, traits that have so far carried over to the NBA.

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Sasser is shooting 52.8 percent from the field overall and 51.9 percent from 3-point range on 3.4 attempts per game, numbers that should get him some consideration for the starting lineup, especially with all of the injuries.

Sasser’s minutes keep increasing and he’s made the most of it, scoring 19 against New Orleans and 22 against Phoenix. He’s also been averaging 1.6 steals over the last five games and has been a pest on the ball. Sasser always seems to be in there when the Pistons are making a run, and even though he’s a rookie, he often looks like the calmest player on the floor, as he’s averaging less than half a turnover per game.

But it’s not been an upwards trajectory for everyone on the Detroit Pistons.