With the 2022-2023 NBA regular season in the books, let’s take a look back at the Detroit Pistons year. While the Detroit Pistons did have the worst record in the NBA, we will take a look at the individual players and give them a grade for the season.
Let’s get to grading!
Jaden Ivey- A
Jaden Ivey lived up to all expectations in his rookie season. What was even more impressive was that he did so as the number one ball-handler, with Cade Cunningham missing most of the year. Ivey even exceeded expectations when it comes to his shooting, as he shot 34% from three. I don’t think Pistons fans could have asked for anything more out of their first round pick. If his rookie season is an indication of the rest of his career, Jaden Ivey could have multiple all-star level seasons in his future.
Jalen Duren- A
The other Detroit Pistons rookie, Jalen Duren showed why he can be a core piece for the Pistons moving forward. While still incredibly raw and young, the big man showed why he can be an impactful center for the Pistons moving forward. While his shooting ability is still in question, Duren’s ability to rebound, defend and finish at the basket gives him an exciting future in a Detroit Pistons uniform.
Killian Hayes- C+
While Detroit Pistons fans will continue to criticize Killian Hayes, his 3rd season in the NBA came with some considerable improvement. While his field goal and three-point percentage still are considerably low, Hayes was playing against starters this season, compared to bench players in his first two years. Hayes also averaged a career high 6.2 assists per game. The 21-year-old did this while also averaging just 2.3 turnovers a game. An almost 3:1 turnover-to-assist ratio is very-very good for just a 21-year-old point guard.
James Wiseman- B-
In 24 games played with the Pistons, James Wiseman averaged 12.7 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds per game. The 22-year-old still does not have 100 games played in the NBA, but he did show promise in his time with the Pistons this year. Wiseman’s shooting ability is something that will need improving, but the former number 2 overall pick did enough to hopefully give himself another chance in Detroit.
Isaiah Stewart- C
Isaiah Stewart had quite the inconsistent 3rd year in the NBA. His three-point shot was the talking point of his season. Isaiah shot 32.7% from three on 4.1 attempts a game. While he looked much more confident, his shot was very inconsistent throughout the season. Stewart is not the most athletic player, nor does he have good size at just 6’8, so his shooting ability will determine how impactful he can be as an NBA player.
Marvin Bagley III- D+
For the 24-year-old, Bagley’s first full year in Detroit did not go as planned. A combination of injuries limited Bagley to just 42 games. What was even more concerning was the production Bagley put up in those 42 games. 12.0 points a game to go along with 6.4 rebounds per game is nothing to write home about. Bagley’s future with the Pistons will be in question and unfortunately his 2022-2023 season did not do much to show he can stick with the franchise long term.
Bojan Bogdanovic & Alec Burks- A
The two main veterans on the Pistons roster did everything they could this season. Burks was brought in to knock down threes and he did to a very impressive 41.4% clip. Bogdanovic arguably had the best season of his career, averaging 21.6 points per game, while also shooting above 40% from three. These two will likely be on roster next season and both delivered to the fullest extent in their first year in Detroit.
What grades would you give the Detroit Pistons players this year?
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