Fans React To Pistons Rookie’s Big Summer League Performance

T-shirts wait for fans at the final NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 10, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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It seems like the Detroit Pistons have been in constant rebuilding mode for over a decade, and they’ve only made the playoffs twice in the past 14 seasons.

But there may be a glimmer of hope for them, as they have some young and promising prospects they are looking to develop.

One of them is, of course, Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft who drew some comparisons to LeBron James but has yet to pan out.

Detroit also has an up-and-coming rookie named Ausar Thompson who is believed to have potential, another rookie stole the show in the NBA Summer League on Sunday when Marcus Sasser scored 40 points in their win over the Indiana Pacers .

Fans are surprised that the Pistons have two promising prospects in the form of Thompson and Sasser this upcoming season.

The Memphis Grizzlies took Sasser with the 25th overall pick in this year’s draft and traded him to the Pistons on draft day.

A 6-foot-2-inch combo guard, he averaged 13.6 points and 1.3 steals a game in his four seasons at the University of Houston, and last season he scored 16.8 points while shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

He was named a consensus first-team All-American while capturing the ACC Player of the Year award during the 2022–23 campaign.

The Pistons are in a position where they need to stock up on potential-filled draft picks and young prospects, which would provide them with assets they could potentially use in the future for a trade that would take them to the next level.

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