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Detroit Pistons Preview – NBA Team Previews 2022-23

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2022-23 Detroit Pistons Team Preview

The positive of a terrible season is that you just generally wind up with an ideal draft pick. And should you’re willing to tackle salary, you’ll be able to finagle more picks. That is exactly what led to Detroit drafting Jaden Ivey with the fifth overall pick, then they snagged Jalen Duren with the thirteenth pick. That salary addition included taking Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks from the Knicks, which helps bolster Detroit’s previously weak bench. Will the Pistons’ recent young core of Cade Cunningham, Ivey, and Saddiq Bey finally achieve a winning record, something they have not achieved since 2015-16?

2021-22 Record: 28-54

2022-23 NBA Win Total Odds: 28.5 wins (DraftKings)

2022-23 NBA Title Odds: +70,000 (DraftKings) 

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Take a look at our 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Rankings, which incorporates fantasy basketball projections for each player.

Detroit Pistons Fantasy Basketball Preview – Top Players

Cade Cunningham

While Cunningham wasn’t as heralded as a number of the previous No.1 picks, the 2021 NBA Draft first overall selection didn’t disappoint as a rookie, earning All-Rookie First Team honors. Cunningham finished the campaign hot, averaging 21.1 points, 6.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals over his last 20 games. While Cunningham struggled to consistently connect from beyond the arc (31.4 percent) in 2021-22, he fared a lot better in his lone collegiate campaign (40.0 percent), so there’s room for growth in that area heading into his second skilled campaign. Likely aiding Cunnigham’s development is an infusion of young talent that features 2022 No. 5 overall pick Jaden Ivey and No. 13 pick Jalen Duren, who each pieced together solid Summer League showings. Ivey, specifically, should help take a number of the pressure off of Cunningham within the backcourt. The Pistons also return most of their production from a season ago, retaining seven of the eight players that played at the least 1,000 total minutes last. The lone exception is Jerami Grant, who Detroit shipped to Portland this offseason for a protected 2025 first-round pick. The rebuilding Pistons figure to rely heavily on their youth again this season, so search for Cunnigham to be front-and-center within the rotation and set to provide a various set of fantasy contributions.

Jaden Ivey

Chosen fifth within the 2022 NBA Draft, Ivey wasted no time displaying his talent. He placed on a show in his two Summer League appearances with 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 threes over 18.8 minutes per game before suffering a minor ankle injury and being shut down for the rest of exhibition play. He possesses elite quickness and athleticism, which should help him create his own shots on the NBA level. Ivey impressed as a freshman in college in 2020-21, but he took a significant leap as a shooter last season, including an improvement to a good 35.8 percent conversion rate from beyond the arc. He figures to form a dynamic young tandem alongside second-year point guard Cade Cunningham, who pieced together a powerful rookie campaign last season for the Pistons. Ivey may not play on the ball as much as he did last season at Purdue, however the rookie should get loads of opportunities to attain and positively can handle and distribute the rock when called upon. His landing spot on a rebuilding Pistons squad should afford him loads of playing time as a rookie, and Ivey’s athleticism should allow him to affect the sport on each ends of the ground. That being said, Ivey should primarily be seen as a scorer for fantasy purposes, though ancillary box rating production could materialize depending on how trusting coach Dwane Casey is of the rookie. It’s comprehensible if fantasy managers in standard formats who’re high on Ivey gamble on him with a late or final pick, but likelihood is, he’ll be higher suited to deep leagues and dynasty/keeper formats.

Saddiq Bey

After an intriguing rookie season, Bey had a mixed sophomore campaign. The No. 19 overall select of Villanova in 2020 began the yr struggling to shoot the ball. For the primary three months of the season (32 appearances), Bey averaged 14.3 points on splits of 37/32/83. Nonetheless, the brand new yr brought newfound efficiency. From Jan. 1 onward (49 appearances), Bey averaged 17.2 points on 41/36/82 shooting. Notably, he even had a 51-point outburst against the Magic in mid-March, going 10-of-14 from three. The longball is Bey’s specialty – he made 2.9 per game after the brand new yr – but he’s also displayed a more diverse skillset. In the course of the season’s home stretch, he added 4.9 rebounds and three.1 assists in his 32.8 minutes per game, and he also got to the free-throw line a good 3.2 times. Whether or not Bey can grow to be a playmaker on the NBA level stays to be seen. Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey will handle the overwhelming majority of the offensive initiation, though Jerami Grant shipping out to Portland opens up some usage that might go to Bey. Despite the spotty shooting, the 23-year-old ranked 108th in per-game fantasy production last season, so optimistic fantasy managers have reason to draft him before that this time around. 

Detroit Pistons Depth Chart for 2022-23

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Detroit Pistons Predictions for 2022-23

While the recent draft picks have been exciting, this roster still lacks depth and a go-to scorer. Cunningham will grow right into a legit NBA star, but he’s a season or two from All-NBA consideration. Ivey is raw and wishes to prove he can create his own shot on the NBA level. The frontcourt is not going to strike fear in any opponent. And Killian Hayes is a bust – seventh overall picks aren’t purported to be backups on bad teams. Finally, who was Detroit competing with after they gave Bagley a three-year, $37 million deal?  This organization is headed in the best direction, but it would suffer a couple of more seasons of growing pains.

Record Prediction

  • 28-54
  • fifteenth within the East
  • Will miss the playoffs

Daring Call

By the All-Star Break, Isaiah Stewart can be third on the middle depth chart, behind Nerlens Noel and Jalen Duren.  Stewart is a high-energy guy, but he’s an offensive liability and a mediocre rim protector. If Detroit has written off scoring from the middle spot, they could as well enjoy Noel’s higher defensive skills. And Stewart shouldn’t block the event of the 19-year-old Duren.

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