Pistons Add Experience to Young Team; Cunningham Adds Muscle

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DETROIT, September 26, 2022 ~ The Detroit Pistons hosted their media day Monday to showcase what is arguably developing as one of the best young teams in the NBA.

The excitement surrounds a fan-anticipated starting five that includes 2022 first round draft pick Jaden Ivey, third-year small forward Saddiq Bey, 23-year-old power forward Marvin Bagley III, 21-year-old second year center Isaiah Stewart, and 2021 first round overall draft pick Cade Cunningham.

I haven’t come up with a starting lineup yet in ink … it’s still in pencil,” said Detroit Pistons Head Coach Dwane Casey. This just days after a surprise trade for experienced forward Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz.

To get a guy like Bojan is going to help our young guys because he’s a guy about structure,” Casey continued. “He’s about the right things … and so they can learn from him by example … watching him on his daily routines.” 

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September 26, 2022 ~ Detroit Pistons point guard Cade Cunningham speaks with the media about the work he’s put in during the offseason to improve his physicality. Photo: Alonzo Adams / USA TODAY Sports

(CONTINUED) Also on display Monday was a noticeable change in Pistons guard Cade Cunningham, who put the work in during the offseason to pack on 10 pounds of muscle. 

I didn’t recognize him,” said Coach Casey. “That physicality will help him … take those bumps, and hits, and bangs, and still have balance and power to finish the play.”

Pistons Training Camp begins Tuesday at the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. A free, open-to-the-public practice will be held at Little Caesars Arena on October 2. Pre-season play starts on the road October 4 with a 7 p.m. tip against the New York Nicks

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Pistons Add Experience to Young Team; Cunningham Adds Muscle

September 27, 2022 ~ Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Livers speaks with members of the media during Detroit Pistons media day. Photo: Curtis Paul / New Country 93.1  

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September 26, 2022 ~ Detroit Pistons point guard Killian Hayes poses for photojournalists during Detroit Pistons media day. Video: Curtis Paul / New Country 93.1

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Pistons Add Experience to Young Team; Cunningham Adds Muscle

September 27, 2022 ~ Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Livers speaks with members of the media during Detroit Pistons media day. Photo: Curtis Paul / WJR   

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