Longshots and possibilities: Tier one stars the Detroit Pistons could pursue

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Possible: Brandon Ingram, 6’8 SF/PF 26

Brandon Ingram has somewhat flown under the radar during his time in the NBA. The 26 year old has only made one All-Star roster, back in 2019-2020, yet he is still averaging 21.5, 5 and 5.8 on 50 percent shooting (36 percent from three). Since his All-Star year, he’s taking fewer shot attempts, three point attempts, and free throws per game. But that’s not to say Ingram couldn’t help Detroit. At 6-foot-8, he fills the extreme need that the Pistons have at power forward, and his pedigree would finally fulfill the front office’s promise to add a game changer, rather than reclamation projects. 

BI would be a huge trade for Detroit. His offense would be a great addition, but Detroit is already halfway decent on the offensive end. It’s defensively where they struggle. Unfortunately for Detroit, Ingram is not going to blow anyone away with his defense. His defensive rating comes in at 115, which is pretty much league average. Unlike two others on this list, BI is not a free agent this offseason so Detroit would have to trade for the young star. The package to get Ingram would probably include something like two first round picks, Ausar Thompson, and Marcus Sasser. Thanks to the Pelicans rumored to possibly move on from him, two picks plus two young, potential stars would likely get it done.