NBA Draft Lottery Prediction: Detroit Pistons


Detroit Pistons – #12 Pick 2017 NBA Draft

Needs: Shooting, quality depth
The Pick: Luke Kennard – Duke
Other options: Donovan Mitchell (Louisville), Lauri Markkanen (Arizona), Zach Collins (Gonzaga)

The Pistons have been one of the worst outside shooting teams in the league over the last few seasons and they desperately need help. The two players who were considered to be cornerstones of the rebuild, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, have plateaued in their development over the past 12 months. Along with that, players like Jackson and Drummond make it easier for opposing defenses to game plan; “Pack the Paint.” The lack of shooting has suffocated spacing and in turn the offense has struggled to get to the next level and secure the Pistons as a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. Falling below expectations during the 2016-2017 season has led to rumors of Detroit dealing the pick. Stan Van Gundy has been clear¬†that virtually no one is safe from being moved this off-season via trade. All moves are being considered to get the Pistons to the next level.

If they keep the pick the Pistons need to select the best shooter in the draft to help address the lack of shooting, and that is why I have them taking Luke Kennard. Kennard’s ability to shoot and score the basketball will help give the Pistons another offensive weapon, and also could set them up with a long term replacement for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (or KCP as he is known to us here in Detroit) should he explore other options in Free Agency this summer. I can see Detroit taking a long look at guys like Zach Collins and Lauri Markkanen if they are still available, but that would also serve as a strong signal that they have given up on Henry Ellenson. If a guy like Dennis Smith Jr or Donovan Mitchell falls the Pistons should take a look at both because of their upside, but the Pistons need shooting and at 12 will address this issue by selecting Kennard.

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