Detroit Pistons Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Detroit Pistons heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 39-43 2018-19 W/L: 41-41

Finished 8th in the eastern conference (Lost to Milwaukee 0-4 in the 1st round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: PG, SG, SF

Free Agents: Ish Smith, Zaza Pachulia, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington

Under Contract: Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer, Langston Galloway, Glenn Robinson, Luke Kennard, Thon Maker, Sviatoslav Mykhailuk, Khyri Thomas, Bruce Brown

1st Pick: 1st Round-15th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

SG/SF: Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little, Romeo Langford, Sekou Doumbouya, Kevin Porter Jr., Tyler Herro

PF/C: Jaxson Hayes, Rui Hachimura, PJ Washington, Bruno Fernando, Brandon Clarke

2nd Pick: 2nd Round-45th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ky Bowman, Jordan Bone, Shamorie Ponds, Jalen Lecque

SG/SF: Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Nowell, Miye Oni, Darius Bazley, Luguentz Dort, Chuma Okeke

PF/C: Isaiah Roby, Grant Williams, Simisola Shittu

Detroit made the playoffs in 2018-2019, but they were swept by Milwaukee in the first round. Blake Griffin has been a star since coming over from the Clippers, and along with Andre Drummond the franchise has the starting frontcourt set for the next few seasons. Luke Kennard and Thon Maker are young pieces that you can be effective in a reserve role to go with Reggie Jackson who has been solid, but he is not likely to be their point guard of the future. Their first pick which sits in the middle of the first round will be strongly impacted by the teams selecting in front of them, but the franchise will have it narrowed down to a handful of prospects that they are targeting. Nickeil Alexander-Walker would be an intriguing choice considering his ability to play both guard positions, and there is a possibility that a point guard slips to them making it an easy decision if they are looking to go route. There will be multiple options if they want to go with a wing, and many of the guard/small forward prospects projected to go in the middle of the first round have an upside that could give you a steal. Keldon Johnson, Romeo Langford, Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, and Kevin Porter Jr. will all be in consideration depending on who is still on the board from the group. Although it is unlikely they could elect to take a big man with the 15th pick, Brandon Clarke and Bruno Fernando are the best possibilities to last that long in the draft. 

If they go with a wing in the first round they could look to add a point guard or a big man for depth with the second round selections often being the best player available on the board in that particular teams mind. Ky Bowman would provide a similar speed and athleticism that Reggie Jackson currently provides, and Jalen Lecque could be eased into a role as the starting lead guard over the next couple of seasons. Drafting another shooting guard or small forward would also make sense for depth purposes and players like Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Nowell, Miye Oni, Chuma Okeke or Darius Bazley could be available giving the team good value with such a late pick. Selecting a big man to play and learn behind Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond would have them considering Simisola Shittu, Luka Samanic, Grant Williams and others that are projected to go in this range. If we were drafting for the Pistons we would take  the best available guard with the first pick regardless of position, followed up by a small forward or shooting guard depending on the position of the first pick. This would allow the team to have a plan for the future after Reggie Jackson, and adding scorers who can shoot the ball at a high level would go a long way in helping Drummond and Griffin going forward. 

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