NBA players from Rochester NY: Isaiah Stewart tops list for 2022-23 – Democrat & Chronicle


Rochester’s Isaiah Stewart will have an expanded skill set entering is third NBA season.
The Detroit Pistons’ brawny 6-foot-8 forward and former McQuaid star is a defensive and rebounding force known for battling for paint position against LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the largest players in the NBA.
Now Stewart’s 3-point success as the 2021-22 season concluded is something fans can look forward to for an entire season.
Stewart, who hosted a basketball camp and shot a documentary while home in Rochester this summer, shot 36-of-109 from beyond the arc in his first two seasons. Of the 14 3-pointers he made last season, Stewart made 11 at a 61% clips across the final nine games.
Stewart’s long range prowess proved to not be a fluke this preseason. He shot 41% over four games — he didn’t attempt a 3 in one contest — draining 7-of-17 attempts, which included a 4-for-10 outing in Detroit’s preseason finale against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“It’s coming along,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey told the Detroit Free Press. “Though we don’t want to put too much pressure on him.”
Stewart has been with Detroit since the Pistons drafted him 16th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft after his lone season at the University of Washington. He started all 71 games he played in last season, averaging 8.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, and is trending toward more double-double as a third-year veteran when Detroit hosts the Orlando Magic in their season opener Wednesday night.
Former Bishop Kearney star Thomas Bryant is now a Los Angeles Laker.
Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center, will look to secure minutes alongside stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Bryant averaged 6.5 points in 14.2 minutes per game during the preseason.
Bryant, who played at Indiana University, was ruled out of Tuesday’s opener against Golden State with a thumb sprain. However, he has recovered from ACL surgeries that limited him to 37 games since the 2020-21 season.
Bryant was drafted in 2017 and appeared in 15 games for the Lakers that season. He spent the previous four seasons in Washington, where he averaged 11 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Rochester’s Anthony Lamb is also in California.
The former Greece Athena and University of Vermont star signed a two-way contract with the reigning champion Golden State Warriors on Oct. 15.
Lamb is entering his third NBA season after stints with Houston and San Antonio.
Quinton Rose is in the New York Knicks organization.
The 6-foot-8 former Bishop Kearney and Temple star is on the G-League Westchester Knicks’ roster after New York signed and waived Rose in September.
Former UPrep star Jeenathan Williams may make his NBA debut soon.
Williams, who hooped for the University at Buffalo last season, will begin the year playing for the Utah Jazz’s G-League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars. He played for Utah’s summer league team in July, signed with the Jazz Oct. 11, and was waived the next day.


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