Detroit Pistons Draft Profile


Continuing the team draft profile series, Tyler Moorman (@TmoormanNBA) joins me to break down the Pistons’ draft night preview:

Picks Held: 7

Team Needs: PG, interior defense, wing, stretch big, P&R defense


  • Likely entering a rebuild, but need to evaluate Blake Griffin’s future with the team
  • Traded Andre Drummond at the trade deadline
  • Christian Wood is likely to depart in free agency
  • First year of a new front office- could clean slate or commit to the current core

Current players under contract for next season: 

Guards: Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard, Khyri Thomas

Wings: Sekou Doumboya, Dzanan Musa

Bigs: Blake Griffin

Options: Svi Mykhailiuk (team), Tony Snell (player)

Upcoming FA: Jordan Bone (RFA), Louis King (RFA), Christian Wood, Thon Maker (RFA), Brandon Knight, John Henson, Langston Galloway, Justin Patton (RFA)

Past 5 drafts:

2015: Stanley Johnson, Darrun Hilliard

2016: Henry Ellenson, Michael Gbinije 

2017: Luke Kennard

2018: Bruce Brown

2019: Sekou Doumboya, Jordan Bone, Deividas Syrvidas

#7 Big board:


  1. Killian Hayes
  2. Lamelo Ball
  3. Patrick Williams
  4. Oneyka Okongwu
  5. Kira Lewis Jr
  6. Tyrese Haliburton
  7. Devin Vassell
  8. Deni Avdija
  9. Isaac Okoro
  10. Tyrell Terry
  11. James Wiseman
  12. Obi Toppin
  13. Cole Anthony
  14. Tyrese Maxey
  15. Aaron Nesmith


  1. Killian Hayes
  2. LaMelo Ball
  3. Onyeka Okongwu
  4. Deni Avdija
  5. Cole Anthony
  6. Isaac Okoro
  7. James Wiseman
  8. Kira Lewis Jr
  9. Patrick Williams
  10. Devin Vassell
  11. Saddiq Bey
  12.  Obi Toppin
  13. RJ Hampton
  14. Aleksej Pokusevski
  15. Grant Riller

Other options:

The Pistons have been one of the most talked about teams in the drafts leadup when it comes to movement in draft position. Talks of Lamelo Ball falling down the boards possibly were quickly followed up by the Pistons in a trio of teams that were thought to be considering moving up to get him. In my opinion the Pistons are in such needs of assets that if they do any kind of moving it should be trading down to gain draft capital, a common idea that has been floating around is a trade with Boston for their three first round picks which are 14th, 26th, 30th.