Pistons rookie Isaiah Stewart brings intensity, endurance

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DETROIT – #Just a month ago, the #Detroit #Pistons and many other teams made a flurry of moves to complete their roster. #With 11 new faces in the squad, the #Pistons are one of the teams with the most turnover.

#As the #Pistons continue to develop their new culture and chemistry among the players, fans began to see the competitiveness the team envisioned.

#Some of that intensity comes from rookie center #Isaiah #Stewart. The #Rochester, NY native 6-9 made his #Pistons’ #Game 3 debut and has been on the rotation ever since. #He made the most of those minutes and now sits atop the league averaging four offensive rebounds per game.

#Pistons coach #Dwane #Casey knew they would get that intensity when they selected #Stewart with the 16th pick in this year’s draft at the #University of #Washington. #On top of that high energy, they’ve landed a smart player who’s always ready to learn.

“(#He) thoughtful, he’s just one of the few guys, in my years in the NBA and doing practice sessions that asked questions like, ‘#Am I doing things correctly with pick and roll defense, how do you teach it, what is your philosophy? ##Said #Casey.

#Now a professional, #Stewart has gone on to be a student of the game. The second youngest player on the team has taken advantage of the veterans and coaches around him as he strives to improve every day.

“ #Whether it’s learning from the best coaches, I always try to learn something new every day that will help me,” said #Stewart, whose style of play has drawn comparisons to the former #Pistons great #Dennis #Rodman.

#One of those things that helped #Stewart was to focus on the next room quickly and not dwell on any mistakes he might be making.

“##If I miss a shot, or if I get a turnover, if I make a mistake, I just have to do a quick turnaround because the game is going on and I have to be ready for the next game,” said #Stewart. “#So I just tell myself I can’t get this back, move on and make up for it.

#This allowed him to maintain this intensity and play on mistakes. #In #Friday’s 96-93 win over the #Celtics, #Stewart was pushed back on a rough patch, but caught up with it overnight against #Tristan #Thompson and #Daniel Theis. The rookie helped limit #Thompson to five points and Theis to two.

“Not really concerned with the way he bounces off (the mistakes) he’s doing a good job of playing through that,” #Casey said. “He makes mistakes, but they’re tough mistakes, which I love, and his future is really going to be bright here in the NBA. “

#Plus: #Take away from the #Pistons’ first win of the season

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