Detroit Pistons Roster 2021 Detroit Pistons Roster

18-41, 6th in East Central

Detroit is one of the older rosters in the league at the moment. They have veterans like Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin and then a lot of misfits and young players. Killian Hayes is the name to watch as he is the young point guard out of France. Detroit is desperate for a young player to start building around, and they don't have that yet. Delon Wright, Jerami Grant, and Josh Jackson are some of the latest names to find their way onto the Detroit roster this offseason. Grant signed a long term deal and should put up some big numbers in his Detroit debut season.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph C. Joseph
18
74
#74 PG 0 6' 3" 200 29 8/20/91 10th season Texas
PG Killian Hayes
Killian Hayes K. Hayes
7
73
#90 PG 0 6' 5" 195 19 7/27/01 Rookie
PG Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson F. Jackson
5
71
#77 PG 0 6' 3" 205 22 5/4/98 2nd season Duke
PG Dennis Smith Jr.
Dennis Smith Jr. D. Smith Jr.
0
69
#118 PG 0 6' 2" 205 23 11/25/97 3rd season North Carolina State
PG Saben Lee
Saben Lee S. Lee
38
66
#138 PG 0 6' 2" 183 21 6/23/99 Rookie Vanderbilt
SG Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder R. McGruder
17
74
#38 SG 0 6' 4" 205 29 7/29/91 5th season Kansas State
SG Wayne Ellington
Wayne Ellington W. Ellington
8
73
#48 SG 0 6' 4" 207 33 11/29/87 11th season North Carolina
SG Hamidou Diallo
Hamidou Diallo H. Diallo
6
67
#81 SG 0 6' 5" 202 22 7/31/98 4th season Kentucky
SF Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson J. Jackson
20
76
#40 SF 0 6' 8" 207 23 2/10/97 3rd season Kansas
SF Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey S. Bey
41
75
#45 SF 0 6' 8" 215 21 4/9/99 Rookie Villanova
SF Jerami Grant
Jerami Grant J. Grant
9
75
#43 SF 0 6' 8" 210 26 3/12/94 7th season Syracuse
SF Deividas Sirvydis
Deividas Sirvydis D. Sirvydis
91
69
#74 SF 6' 8" 190 20 6/10/00 Rookie
PF Sekou Doumbouya
Sekou Doumbouya S. Doumbouya
45
72
#75 PF 0 6' 8" 230 19 12/23/00 2nd season
PF Tyler Cook
Tyler Cook T. Cook
25
64
6' 8" 255 23 9/23/97 2nd season Iowa
C Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee M. Plumlee
24
75
#38 C 0 6' 11" 254 30 3/5/90 8th season Duke
C Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor J. Okafor
13
73
#48 C 0 6' 10" 270 25 12/15/95 6th season Duke
C Isaiah Stewart
Isaiah Stewart I. Stewart
28
69
#65 C 0 6' 9" 250 19 5/22/01 Rookie Washington

2021 Detroit Pistons Roster Top Questions

Does the former MVP have anything left in the tank?

Derrick Rose was the NBA nearly a decade ago. He was primed to be one of the best point guards we’ve ever seen in the league but one thing led to another and now he’s likely to open the season operating as the Pistons’ backup point guard. Though only playing in 51 games, he was great with the Timberwolves last season, averaging 18 points per game. That was the most he’s had since his days with the Bulls. However, the high scoring average was helped by a career best 37% from three-point range.

There’s a lot of concern over whether Rose can legitimately repeat that shooting performance and whether he’s worth the 2 year, $15 million dollar contract. If he shot like he did last year, that’ll be a bargain price. However, if he drops back to single digit scoring or even worse, remains injury prone, this deal could prove to be a huge waste of money. Even if Rose fails to shoot at the same rate, he’s a solidified ball handler and should be able to distribute the ball while driving to the basket.

Can Blake Griffin get even better than his 2018-19 performance?

Blake Griffin’s career was headed downhill after his first few all-star seasons with the Clipper until something magically clicked. Last season, he scored a career high 24.5 points per game and became Detroit’s primary player. While he’s not going to put up the rebounding numbers he had earlier in his career, mainly due to being on the same court as Andre Drummond, Griffin is a willing passer who also collected 5.4 assists per game last season to lead the team.

You can’t expect the Pistons’ team to be anything special next year but you can count on Griffin being back to his usual self. His shooting percentages were phenomenal last season; he scored on 52.5% of his 2’s and 36.2% on his 3’s. If he keeps this up, there’s potential for Griffin to set a new career high in points per game and become one of the top power forwards in the game again. If he can continue developing into a forward who can drive to the basket and knock down three’s, he’s going to become unstoppable.

What to expect from Markieff Morris signing

Markieff Morris had an interesting journey last season, starting with the Washington Wizards to the New Orleans Pelicans, and finally landing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This offseason, he inked a contract with the Detroit Pistons for 2 years and $7.4 million dollars. While he’s not going to start for Detroit next year, he’ll make a great piece off the bench and should see significant minutes on the floor whenever Griffin is out of the game. Last year, he averaged 9.4 points, 1.4 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game.

For the Pistons, Morris will bring a physical presence to on the inside with the ability to shoot the ball both inside and out. He shot 33.9% from three point range last year and converted 39.1% of his overall shots. He’ll see consistent playing time but doesn’t factor to be a huge piece of the offense. Morris will provide good insurance for Griffin on a cheap contract and figures to play a big role off the bench.