The Detriot Pistons are looking to turn their franchise around as they hired general manager Troy Weaver to change their fortune. The Pistons had the 7th pick; they acquired the 16th pick from the Houston Rockets, traded Luke Kennard to the Los Angeles Clippers for the 19th pick, and acquired Tony Bradley and the 28th pick from the Utah Jazz. Detriot is trying to load up on young talent to turn the team around!
No. 7; Killian Hayes, Ratiopharm, PG
The Pistons hope that Hayes can turn into a franchise player for their team. Hayes has ideal size for the point guard position and plays with terrific body control. Hayes is a creative passer with a high basketball IQ. He scores in various ways, whether it’s a pull-up jumper or a step back. On defense, Hayes has quick hands, and if he beat off the dribble, he can recover. This was a massive get for the Pistons, hopefully, has can help turn the team around.
No. 16; Isaiah Stewart, Washington, C
This pick was a head-scratcher; Stewart was slated to go later in the draft, but he’s 6’9, 250lbs with a 7’4 wingspan and plays with tremendous power. Stewart is agile for his size and is relentless on the offensive boards. Also, Stewart is a hard worker and knows how to get to the free-throw line. He averaged 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. The Pistons as many centers on their roster, so training camp battles should be good this year to see who makes the team.
No. 19; Saddiq Bey, Villanova, SF
Bey is a three and D player, last year at Villanova; Bey averaged 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 45% from three-point land. The former Villanova star is 6’7 with a 6’11 wingspan with the ability to guard multiple positions. With his ability to catch and shoot, Bey will help the Pistons a lot spacing the floor. He is efficient on both ends of the floor.
No. 38; Saban Lee, Vanderbilt, PG
Lee is a scoring point guard his 18.1 points per game ranked fourth in the SEC. He was coached last year by former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse. Lee is aggressive with the ball in his hands; he likes to go to the basket and finish at the rim. His length and athleticism allow him to finish at the basket in various ways. Lee is improving his outside shot and can develop into an elite defender on the NBA level.
Draft Grade: B+
The Pistons had a solid draft, only one questionable pick with Stewart, but he could turn into a solid big man for the Pistons depending on what they do with the other centers on their roster. Drafting Hayes was crucial for the Pistons to turn things around, and adding Bey as an efficient player was critical. Detriot has many players on their roster, so maybe a trade could be in the works. Hopefully, they don’t go all-in for Russell Westbrook and continue to build on the draft and the free agents they signed.