James Wiseman has received plenty of playing time since being traded from Golden State to the Pistons. The early results from the No. 2 overall pick of the 2020 draft have generally been positive, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press writes in a subscriber-only story.
Wiseman is averaging 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 24.5 minutes through his first six games with the Pistons. Coach Dwane Casey said Wiseman is still early in the learning process.
“Let’s keep it simple,” Casey said. “Eventually we’ll do that. We’ve got to go through the process of elementary, middle school, high school and eventually he’ll get there. Like everything else, everybody wants him to be All-Pro and where we are right now, that’s not going to happen. He will eventually get there at some point on both ends of the floor.”
We have more on the Pistons:
- There’s no guarantee Detroit will retain reserve wing and impending unrestricted free agent Hamidou Diallo, James Edwards III of The Athletic writes in his latest mailbag. Diallo has established himself as a energetic rotation piece but if the club has an opportunity to significantly upgrade the roster via free agency or trade, Diallo will likely not be retained, according to Edwards, who doesn’t see Diallo getting a big raise from his current two-year, $10.4MM deal.
- The Pistons will almost assuredly have a top-seven selection and Sankofa predicts which player they’d select at each of those draft slots. If the Pistons slide beyond the top five, Sankofa opines they’ll go for either Arkansas’ Anthony Black or Houston’s Jarace Walker.
- Marvin Bagley III has cracked the 20-point mark in three of four games since returning from a fractured hand that sidelined him for nearly two months. Bagley has also averaged 13 rebounds in that span. He had 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks against Cleveland on Saturday. “Marvin played with as much force as he’s played since he’s been here,” Casey said. “Really proud the way he played. The amount of force he played with was really impressive against two of the top big men in the league.”
9 thoughts on “Pistons Notes: Wiseman, Diallo, Draft, Bagley”
What is up with wiseman? Elementary school? Even this coach is starting to lose faith… wiseman should of been put in g league from day one!!!! Warriors messed that puck and him up by picking him up…
His basically his first season of development because Kerr can’t develop players himself. Finally a coach is trying with him
What the puck
Wiseman and bagley couple of high pick big men I like the pistons taking flyers on these guys
MBIII & J-Wise could be a very impressive front court for DET, now & for the future.
Super athletic amd talented that’s for sure
Fell sad for Stewart and Duren tho, both really talented young guys themselves
Don’t feel bad for Stewart or Duren. Feel bad for Bagley though as Beef Stew is a better shooter, rebounder, defender and projects to be a possible stretch four. What will be interesting is how much Bagleys ineffective shooting and being the 4th best defender of the group impacts his minutes. He has a leg up on athleticism over Stewart though. I think Duren will be fine too as he has had a fantastic rookie season but the ankle has sidelined him some of late. I think he is better than Wiseman and the addition of wiseman only will push him to be better. Only feel bad if Detroit wins the lottery or signs someone like Kouzma in the off-season.
It’s just a bunch of guys I want to do well and be starters all stuck behind one another.
Bagley has been good recently playing with Wiseman in the front court hence the hype. If they continue to be effective together it’ll be a battle for Stew and Duren.