Welcome BF viewers and NBA fans abroad. You can always count on us for true and fearless journalism here at Border Fuel. The Detroit Pistons have finally showcased their three first-round picks, and we have the details! It was definitely an exciting night for Detroit Pistons fans worldwide:
Troy Weaver’s draft night was a busy one, taking over a roster that needed a complete overhaul. The first-year GM found himself in flux with a team that’s the best basketball will be the eighth seed at best. So, he went to work executing several trades and buyouts to put together and more athletic and balanced roster. It’s safe to say Weaver has made his mark on the organization.
All three players come with a unique skill set that sets them apart from other guys in their draft. The Pistons look to capitalize on the characteristics of those players for years to come. The third game of the season showed why he worked so diligently to bring in this particular group of young players. Although the Pistons didn’t manage to get the win and they are currently 0-3 to start the season, fans are optimistic about the bright future ahead.
Against the Atlanta Hawks, the nineteen-year-old rookie made his season debut. He played 14 minutes in the game and hustled and scrapped his way to two points, two assists, and eight rebounds. It may not sound like outrageous numbers, but his impact was felt.
Piston’s fans were teased with flashes of will and determination on the glass from the undersized center. His heart and passion for getting gritty made fans reminisce of a former Piston great and one of the most beloved figures in Piston history Big Ben.
He rebounded at an elite level. In limited minutes, he managed to reel in five offensive rebounds the most in an NBA debut since 2012. Only thirty other players have accomplished that in the history of the league putting him in rare company. Being a teenager makes this more intriguing, and should have everyone excited to see him in Piston blue. This kid was a high school player of the year in a draft class that featured Zion Williamson, so the talent is there and we all get a treat watching him grow into his game.
Saddiq had the luxury of starting against Atlanta with Blake sitting the first night of the back to back. With him out, they moved Jerami Grant to the power forward position, freeing up the starting position for the rookie in his first career start.
He played well at small forward hitting two three-pointers and was getting to the basket. He put pressure on the defense, getting to the line where he made all of his free throw attempts. He finished with a solid ten points and eight rebounds, respectively. In thirty minutes of play, he didn’t shy away from his offense; although, he shot just three for eleven from the field.
Knowing he was drafted to get buckets, it was good to see him play with such confidence. He’ll definitely shoot the ball better and should warrant more playing time with this performance. He will look to add a well-needed dimension to this team with his shooting touch from the outside making him the Piston’s future three and D guy.
In his short NBA career, he’s learning fast there are no days off at the point guard position; the same holds for this game. He had the daunting task of figuring out the mystery of how to defend Trae Young. NBA fans, these young point guards will be battling it out for years to come. I’m excited to say this is just the first of many.
Watching him going up against one of the most dynamic young talents, I was intrigued by his efforts defensively. He showed grit pestering the all-star all night long forcing turnovers, like this one shown here:
Showing a strong willingness to fight and defend will make him a fan favorite in Detroit. That’s something that’s a calling card and a staple to the organization and fans of the blue color city.
For Killian, the third time was a charm. In his third NBA game, the nineteen-year old cracked double-digit scoring, finishing with ten points on four for eleven shooting. What was more impressive was his passing ability, finding cutters with no looks in traffic and spotting opportunities for shooters from downtown. He finished the game with eight total assists and only two turnovers. Not bad when you factor in he also had two steals.
The growth of these young players will be the focal point of the season. They’ll be bumps along the way, but Piston fans should be ecstatic at what the future holds. From what I’ve seen, this could be the core they will build around long term, and rightfully so. The passing ability of Hayes will give Bey plenty of looks as they grow together. The way Stewart dominated the offense glass, he’s everything Piston fans want in our future center.
Coach Casey giving the young guys minutes allowed us inside the crystal ball and showed us all it’s looking promising. So, Detroit Piston fan’s, enjoy the growth of these young players, wins or losses shouldn’t be your main concern. Witness the chemistry being built, the passion and determination to get better every day. Don’t miss out! These three young players could be the next great Piston’s stars!