The Detroit Pistons are a team that needs a fresh start.
They have not won a playoff game in over a decade; and it doesn’t look like that stat will change anytime soon.
A rebuild is what they are currently in and will be for the next several years.
In order to start the rebuild, you must find players that will fit into the future plans.
First, they must find a new Director of Player Personnel, as they decided to part ways with Gregg Polinsky.
The Detroit Pistons and Sr. Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky have mutually agreed to part ways, sources tell ESPN. Polinsky was part of a staff in Brooklyn and Detroit that drafted Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 2, 2021
Polinsky was responsible for some of their recent draft selections.
Their drafts have not been the most exciting.
They have not been able to find success in the lottery.
The lottery has not given them a top five pick since 2003, when they took Darko Milicic.
Hopefully, these later picks work.
Some of them are going to be a part of future plans.
Rebuilding in the NBA is very tough.
Every pick matters for the Pistons.
You need to strike gold just to be competitive as a small market team.
Until then, they must build from within and look at the talent that is around the organization.
2. Isaiah Stewart
The Pistons drafted Isaiah Stewart with the No. 16 overall pick in this past year’s NBA draft.
Coming out of Washington, Stewart didn’t seem like a great fit for the NBA.
He put up good numbers in college, but was a bruiser in the paint.
Today’s game is about rim-running and defense for big men, or if they can stretch the floor out.
Stewart is 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds.
He is a big guy, but not as tall as other centers.
However, he produced this season for the Pistons.
He was able to average 7.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.
Also, he was able to average just over a block a game.
In his final two months, he averaged 10.9 points and eight rebounds per game.
The best part about Stewart is that he just turned 20 years old.
— NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2021
He might not become an All-Star, but he is definitely going to be a serviceable big in this league.
1. Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey was coming off of a great sophomore season at Villanova.
He parlayed that season into being selected No. 19 overall.
Bey had a very good first season.
In fact, he has a chance of making first-team All-Rookie.
He averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 38 percent from three.
In the final month of the season, Bey was able to put up 17.7 points per game.
The man is a very good scorer.
Bey could easily be the sixth man on a good team, or even one of the starting wings on a team.
The Pistons have some good young talent.
Bey and Stewart are good pieces for the rebuilding process and the future roster.
Hopefully, they can keep these two guys and keep on going.
The draft is coming soon.
Maybe the Pistons can get lucky and strike gold to help these two individuals along the way.