VIA Pistons PR Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey and center Jalen Duren were selected to play in the 2023 Jordan Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, the league announced today.  The game will take place on Friday, February 17, at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Detroit Pistons Dynamic Duo

Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren being selected to the Rising Stars game is good news amidst a season that has not gone as planned. However, Ivey and Duren have surpassed preseason expectations.

Jaden Ivey

Jaden Ivey has responded well to any situation or position he’s been placed. Whether that’s at shooting guard, or more recently at point guard. He’s shown a the ability to be a plus playmaker and more than a complimentary sidekick next to Cade Cunningham. But rather a Superman to Cade Cunningham’s Batman, or Cade Crusader as we call him around these parts. His averages have impressively held consistent at 15.1 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds through 48 games this season. Did you have Jaden Ivey down as a 15/5/5 player to on draft night?

Jalen Duren

Jalen Duren started off draft night pondering if he’d spend time in the NBA’s G-League to figure out the league a bit or get his feet wet.  The leagues youngest player had other plans. Once he began to receive playing time, it was clear he would need more. Duren is already proving to be a defensive anchor and a presence opponents think about before driving in the paint. He’s averaging 8.4 points and 8.5 rebounds.

As his opportunities rise so has his production.

Over his last 20 games, Duren’s averaged a double-double with 10.6 points, 10.5 rebounds.

What’s Next

The Pistons plays the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM.

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By Published On: January 31st, 2023Categories: Detroit Pistons, NBA

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