Jaden Ivey is becoming a star
It's exciting to watch a young player make a leap right before your eyes, but that is what is happening with Jaden Ivey, who has been amazing of late. He started the game by hitting his 12th straight 3-point shot (over three games) and when that shot is falling, his electric speed is even more effective. Ivey is averaging 26.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists over his last five games and looked more like the primary scoring threat last night with Cunningham acting as facilitator. I love this dynamic and it fits their skill sets. With more shooting and dynamic offensive options around the two guards, the Pistons backcourt of the future is looking the part.
It's only been one game, so I don't want to get ahead of myself, as the Detroit Pistons still have plenty to show before we can declare their trade deadline acquisitions a success, but they looked much more like the team we thought we'd see this season and it was one of their better, more entertaining games even though they lost.
With Quentin Grimes still to join, the Pistons could take a big leap defensively (it's amazing what a few wings who are even moderate defenders can do), and if they continue their hot shooting (taking away the 4th quarter last night), this team could start to make the kind of leap we were expecting from the beginning.
I'm Homer #1, so take this all with a grain of salt the size of the Rocky Mountains, but I am more optimistic than I have been since back in October when the Pistons won two in a row.