The Detroit Pistons made it to the NBA Playoffs last season, but were swept in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks. Plus, the Pistons have lost 14 straight playoff games. Detroit will look to get over the hump and to be more competitive this season by adding impact players via the NBA Draft. Let’s take a look at who the Pistons drafted for next season.
#15 Sekou Doumbouya – PF – Limoges CSP. 6’9″, 210 lbs. (7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .5 bpg, 34.3% 3-pt%)
Doumbouya dropped to 15 in the draft due to his production not matching his potential. He projects to be an athletic wing player that can also play defense. He really thrives in transition because he fills the lane quickly on the break. Landing on a playoff team will give the organization time to develop Doumbouya into a potential stretch four starting forward. Nevertheless, this pick is a risk because he has to learn how to become offensively efficient in a half-court offense.
#37 Deividas Sirvydas – SF – Rytas Vilnius. 6’9″, 193 lbs. (4.7 ppg, 35% 3-pt%)
Sirvydas will more than likely stay in Europe to develop his game. His size and his shooting ability should improve over the next couple of years before he plays for Detroit.
#56 Jordan Bone – PG – Tennessee. 6’3″, 179 lbs. (13.5 ppg, 5.8 apg)
Bone will be given time to develop as either the 3rd point guard with the Pistons or in the G League. His best attribute on the court is running the team at the proper tempo in half-court. He will need to fine-tune his game before he sees consistent playing time.
Grade: Detroit chose to go for picks that will help them down the line. I give them a C-.