Jobless, bombing and mediocre: Where 9 ex-Detroit Pistons are now

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Isaiah Livers, Washington Wizards

Isaiah Livers, like Killian Hayes before him, was the center of a lot of controversy based on his minutes per game this season with Detroit. The young 3-and-D prospect seemed to be on Monty Williams’ good side, and saw the floor repeatedly even with his massive struggles. Also similar to Killian Hayes, the interest in the former Michigan man since being traded has proved fans right. After being dealt to Washington, Livers wasn’t waived, but has not logged a single minute in his 22 games for the last place Wizards. Another player who was constantly getting minutes for Detroit, can’t find the floor for a reasonable head coach.  

Livers has now been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season with a hip injury.

The fact that both he and Killian Hayes were starting for the Detroit Pistons is an indictment of the team as well as Monty Williams.

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Alec Burks, New York Knicks

Of the players we’ve covered so far, most were throw ins and/or smaller additions to other teams. The two big pieces that Detroit traded away were Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic. Both were dealt to New York in a deal that got Detroit coveted young 3-and-D prospect Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and Malachi Flynn. Since joining the Knicks, Burks has seen his numbers drop drastically. His stat line has fallen to 8.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 32 percent from three, and 17.1 minutes per game. These are all down from his year in Detroit of 12.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 40 percent from three in 20 minutes per game. 

Bojan Bogdanovic, New York Knicks

Along with Burks, Bogey was a major asset traded away from Detroit. His age and fit with this roster, tied to his averages this season of 20.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 42 percent from deep on 33 minutes per game made him a perfect sell candidate. In his eight games since moving to the Big Apple, Bogey is averaging 14 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 36 percent from deep. His offensive numbers have dipped slightly, which is understandable as he gets acclimated to his new franchise and teammates, but Knicks fans have already begun complaining about his defense, or lack thereof.