The Detroit Pistons are playing their worst basketball of the Troy Weaver era. After most fans, and likely the organization, expected the Pistons to take the next step in the rebuild this year, Detroit finds themselves as the worst team in the league again.
While it is unfortunate to think this far ahead only two months into the season, here we are. Detroit has three options on how to proceed. Let’s go over each of those options and the pros and cons of each.
Option 1: Continue to get younger and build via another top-5 draft
This could change due to the draft lottery and the odds relating to that. But for the sake of argument and this article, Detroit is the worst team (record-wise) and will likely have maximum odds to land the number one draft pick, not that it has mattered in the past. In this option, Detroit would continue to get younger and more talented from the draft.
At the time of this writing, the expected top draft selection is Alex Sarr, a 7-foot forward currently playing with the Perth Wildcats. If the Pistons were to take this path, they would likely target Sarr based on his potential and roster fit. He would force the front office to beginoffloading the excess big men on the roster, i.e. Marvin Bagley and James Wiseman, which they need to do anyway.
This season, Sarr is averaging 11 points, five rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He’s also shooting 50 perent from two, and almost 30 percent from three. Sarr has shown good potential as a stretch four/five who can extend away from the basket so Monty Williams would need to figure out how to play him, Duren, and Stewart in the most efficient way.