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Player Previews

The Detroit Pistons enter the 2021-22 season in Year 2 of a major rebuild. The team seems to have some complementary pieces, a solid young vet, and one big question in Cade Cunningham. Can he show signs he's the type of No. 1 pick you can build a contender around? We break down every player in our annual Player Preview series.

Jerami Grant can carry the load, but he needs help

Jerami Grant looks to build on a strong 2020-21 season.

Isaiah Stewart is ready for more ... of everything

"Beef Stew" blew away almost every expectation heading into his rookie year, but what can he do for an encore?

Cade Cunningham’s versatility is his greatest weapon

Cunningham doesn’t fit neatly into any box, and he’s in Detroit to set a new standard for himself and the Pistons franchise

Cory Joseph is your reality-based point guard

On a team of young players and wishful thinking, the 10-year vet will provide consistency, leadership and steady production

Killian Hayes’ story remains unwritten

After a rocky rookie season, what does the Pistons’ longest-tenured player need to show in 2021-22?

Saddiq Bey is never satisfied

Pistons wing isn’t content to simply be a great 3-point shooter, Saddiq Bey has spent the offseason looking to add versatility to his game

Kelly Olynyk brings a better, modern fit to the young Pistons

Meet the new center opposing fans will love to hate

Hamidou Diallo is reaching for the next level of his game

Diallo is an ultra-athletic wing who figures to play significant minutes for the Pistons this season.

Frank Jackson is here to chew bubble gum and shoot 3s, and he’s all out of bubble gum

Meet Wayne Ellington 2.0, now 10 years younger

Josh Jackson has always been a scorer, but can he be a mentor?

Year two of the Josh Jackson reclamation project brings new challenges for the homegrown high school standout.

Trey Lyles will make you happy he’s there when you need him

You won’t have to think much about Lyles, and that’s a feature and not a bug

Saben Lee cruisin’ to deliver bruisins

Saben has to jump a level to be a factor this year— fortunately, he’s an EXCELLENT leaper

Isaiah Livers will provide an all-around boost to the bench

Livers shot the 3 ball well, and he shot it a lot. But he can also play the pick-and-pop game, defend well and provide effort.

Luka Garza will go from myth to mere mortal

Garza grew a cult following in Summer League, but there will be plenty of growing pains during his rookie season

Rodney McGruder’s impact will be felt behind the scenes

On a team full of young, rising players, McGruder is in Detroit to show them what it means to be professional

Killian Hayes Player Preview: Is the point guard of the future finally the point guard of the present?

The young guard possess many skills to flourish in Dwane Casey’s system, but also enough shortcomings to strangle it

Blake Griffin Player Preview: A great scorer, great competitor, great leader stuck on a team that could never be great — for now

The owner of one of the most spectacular individual performances in Pistons history might be up to shining for us again… for a while.

Saddiq Bey Season Preview: Ready to defend and shoot on day one, Bey could become a Dwane Casey favorite

Bey has skills that should let him see the floor, but he can still grow many areas of his game as he gets used to NBA action

Mason Plumlee Player Preview: Teaching the youth the little things

Plumlee has the potential to be a nice example for the Pistons’ younger players in learning the NBA game

Saben Lee Player Preview: Another second-round pick waiting for his opportunity

Saben is not a stranger to Pistons head coach Dwane Casey

Deividas Sirvydis Player Preview: Breaking down his game from someone who saw him up close

28 videos featuring more than 100 plays that showcase everything Sirvydis has to offer

Derrick Rose Player Preview: From MVP to mentor, Rose is here to help a roster of rookies

Still an instant source of offense, the 13-year veteran has a new role with these Pistons

Josh Jackson Player Preview: There’s No Place Like Home

The Pistons hope Jackson’s homecoming portends his ascension

Delon Wright Player Preview: Familiarity and a Steady Presence

A former Raptors point guard under Dwane Casey, Wright could see a resurgence this season with the Pistons

Sekou Doumbouya player preview: The process continues

For Sekou, coming with a consistent plan while on the floor will help expand his minutes

Jahlil Okafor Player Preview: A lethal force near the basket, but defense still holding him back

Isaiah Stewart Player Preview: Muscle Built for Detroit

The Pistons’ first round pick that no one seemed to like might be the most "Detroit" pick of the bunch

Svi Mykhailiuk Player Preview: The Big Payday

Svi has already broken out - now is it time for him to break the bank?