Detroit Pistons 2021-22 NBA Roster: Can Cade Cunningham and Jerami Grant Bring Back The Glory Days

Published 08/17/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) handles the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have been an underwhelming team in the NBA for quite some time. Once a team of champions, now fell down to one of the worst teams in NBA. However, they may have found a ray of hope indeed. The Pistons had the number 1 pick in the draft and they picked up Cade Cunnigham.


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With a great player already in Jerami Grant, his pairing with Cade will be one to watch. Well, here is the Detroit Pistons NBA 2021-22 season roster.

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number one overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Incoming players

  • Cade Cunningham

The most important acquisition for the Pistons was their draft pick. Cade has been balling out in the NBA’s Summer league. He has proved why he was the number 1 pick in this year’s draft. He is can score on all levels while also having decent playmaking skills. However, he is yet to develop into the NBA system.

Aug 8, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Tre Mann (23) dribbles around Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kelly Olynyk

Kelly has been a role player for almost his entire career. However, in his recent stint with Houston, he put up great numbers. In 27 games, he averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds. However, his biggest asset remains his perimeter shooting. He is an exceptional shooter for a big man.

  •  Balsa Koprivica

He is the 57th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Balsa has played with Cade prior to this in Montverde in 2017-18. He is a big man who can guard all 5 positions.

  • Isaiah Livers

Another prospect the Pistons picked up in the NBA draft. Livers was the 42th pick in the draft. He plays the power forward position. Livers will most likely not get minutes this season with Olynyk and Grant being the firts 2 options for the team.

Outgoing Players

  • Mason Plumlee

Plumlee played just a single season with the Pistons. The forward-center put up decent numbers. He averaged 10 points, 9 rebounds and almost 1 block in just 27 minutes of play. He was traded to the Charlotte Hornets to acquire Balsa Koprivica.

  • JT Thor

The Pistons traded away their round 2 pick to the Hornets as well. Thor was the 37th pick in the 2021 draft.

Detroit Pistons 2021-22 NBA Roster


  • Balsa Koprivica
  • Jahlil Okafor
  • Isaiah Stewart
  • Luka Garza
  • Jerami Grant
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Saddiq Bey
  • Isaiah Livers
  • Trey Lyles
  • Sekou Doumbouya


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Feb 14, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) goes to the basket on New Orleans Pelicans center Willy Hernangomez (9) in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


  • Cade Cunnigham
  • Killian Haynes
  • Frank Jackson
  • Saben Lee
  • Cory Joseph
  • Dennis Smith Jr.
  • Hamidou Diallo
  • Josh Jackson
  • Rodney McGruder


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The young Pistons will hope to have a better season now. With the duo of Cade Cunningham and Jerami Grant, it will be interesting to see what the Pistons can achieve this season. Do you think the Pistons have a chance to make the playoffs this season?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.