The Detroit Pistons have hit a new low point and coach Monty Williams admitted that it is time to have tough conversations with some of his players.
The bench has been abysmal of late, which Williams conceded while admitting that he needs to play Jaden Ivey more, something the fanbase has been screaming from the mountaintops.
He talked about shortening the rotation, which is probably a good idea considering the bench has been terrible for most of the season, especially lately.
The problem is that someone has to play off the bench, a challenge that will be made more difficult if Jalen Duren has to miss any more time after leaving with a leg injury against Memphis.
Would Monty Williams really go with an 8-man rotation? Are we finally going to see Isaiah Stewart as a small-ball center?
The Pistons rotation we need to see right now
Jalen Duren is listed as day-to-day, but that injury didn't look great and he's been struggling with that same ankle for weeks. He had to be helped off the floor, so I am going to assume he'll have to miss a game or two at least.
Until he comes back, this is the rotation I'd like to see:
-Cade Cunningham/Ausar Thompson
-Bojan Bogdanovic/Isaiah Livers
-Isaiah Stewart/Marvin Bagley III
Yep, an eight-man rotation. Isaiah Livers, Alec Burks and Marcus Sasser have been in extended slumps and Monty Williams needs to get more run with this 3-guard combination that has played well together in limited minutes. You can take your pick between Livers, Burks or Sasser but right now playing all three of them is not working.
He can stagger the three guards so that one of them is on the floor at all times, and if he wanted to bring up one of the red-hot two-way guys (Stanley Umude) to eat up some minutes, add some shooting and maybe give the bench a spark, I wouldn't be against it.
You don't see this often in the NBA, but the Pistons need to do something to keep their best players on the floor and avoid these disastrous all-bench units that have killed them all season.
Injuries haven't made this easy, as Monty Williams has been forced to play guys who haven't performed, but he's not helped himself by continuing to play Ivey in limited minutes and continuing to use players who are in big slumps.
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