NBA GMs like what they see in Detroit Pistons’ young core
The Detroit Pistons are undergoing a major makeover in just over a year with Troy Weaver gutted the entire roster, but in that short amount of time he’s been taking steps that give the league’s executives reason to believe.
Every year the league sends an anonymous poll to the league’s GM on a variety of subjects, and for the first time in a long time, there are multiple positive signs of the pistons in the results. In addition to the superstar mentions of Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, and Steph Curry, there are questions that focus on emerging teams.
Detroit has been named as one of the most promising young core teams in the league. Well, don’t get too excited. They landed in the top six and in the Honorable Mention category. The Hawks were the winners with 50% of the vote, followed by the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns. Detroit was mentioned along with the Hornets, Nuggets and Timberwovles as teams that also received votes.
Most of this young core, Cade Cunningham, also received some hymns of praise in the poll. Cunningham finished second in the Rookie of the Year election behind Jalen Green in Houston.
He also finished second, in which the rookie will be the best player in five years, this time behind Cleveland’s Evan Mobley.
When asked who was the biggest bargain compared to his pick in the NBA draft, Detroit’s Luka Garza received at least one vote for 52nd place and seemed at least capable of building a career in the NBA.
Eventually, Hamidou Diallo received at least one vote as one of the NBA’s most athletic players after all the usual suspects – Zion Williamson, Antetokounmpo, Anthony Edwards, Zach LaVine, and Ja Morant.
Last year the Pistons appeared twice in the poll – once for Jerami Grant as one of the surprise moves of the off-season and Saddiq Bey as one of the biggest steals in the NBA draft.