Jaden Ivey joining the Detroit Pistons is more than just a young potential star becoming a professional player. The 20-year-old point guard is counting on his family's long tradition of athletic excellence in Detroit.
The Pistons presented Ivey with four jerseys as they introduced him to the community. Along with his new Pistons jersey, he was given the jerseys of his mother (Niele Ivey, a former guard for the WNBA's Detroit Shock, who are now the Dallas Wings), grandfather (James Hunter, a former Detroit Lions cornerback) and his father (Javin Hunter, a former basketball player for Detroit Country Day School). Ivey teared up as each jersey was presented.
What a beautiful moment.
The Pistons present Jaden Ivey with his grandfather’s Lions jersey, his father’s Country Day jersey, and his mother’s Detroit Shock jersey. pic.twitter.com/QFkVqqeHQa
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Ivey and his parents posed with the four jerseys as he officially joined the Pistons.
Detroit is a family affair. 💙 pic.twitter.com/dxS432Ux3h
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) June 24, 2022
Ivey is one of the best prospects from the 2022 NBA Draft class. He shined in his sophomore season at Purdue with his electrifying scoring. His game, in his own words, is comparable to that of Russell Westbrook and Ja Morant. Pairing him with Cade Cunningham gives Detroit a fantastic backcourt to build with.
After so many rumors about what the Pistons would do with their pick, they ended up taking Ivey. Although rumors swilred that he was getting traded to the New York Knicks, he eventually landed in and stayed with Detroit.
Detroit, after trading Jerami Grant, is now bringing in even more young talent with Ivey and Jalen Duren. Alongside Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart, Ivey can help make Detroit basketball a winning brand again.