Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Detroit Pistons

June 13th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Detroit Pistons had a terrible season this year. They paid head coach Monty Williams a lot of money so that they can end up having another losing season where they lost a lot of games. Not only that, but they are also an under-talented team that didn’t make good use of the veterans they had, and it’s still questionable if they have any real cornerstone players.

Even though Monty Williams is one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA, he’s got his work cut out for him in Detroit, as they just had another abysmal losing season this year. (Photo: Duane Burleson/Associated Press, via ClickOnDetroit)

On the bright side, Cade Cunningham may be the closest thing to a cornerstone player, and they also have other promising young players such as Jalen Duren, Isaiah Stewart, Ausar Thompson, and Jaden Ivy. Beyond that though, it seems the cupboard is pretty bare. So, the Pistons could use basically anything at 5. In addition, they also have the 53rd overall pick.

At 5, they could use a ball handler that could be an initiator on offense, but they also could use a shooter that can space the floor for their team. Reed Sheppard would be a very good pick here at 5.

At 53, Justin Edwards would be the athletic, 3 and D wing player with upside that would be a steal in the second round. I think this would be a very good draft for the Pistons if they made these picks here.

So here is what I did with the ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft Simulator for the Pistons:

A mock draft board for the Detroit Pistons.   Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Detroit Pistons. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Reed Sheppard is a smart, skilled guard that can really shoot the basketball, is a sound facilitator, and he also gives very good effort defensively. Also, Justin Edwards is a very athletic forward that would project well into a 3 and D role, as he’s really worked on his jump shot throughout the season. Anyways, it will be interesting to see what happens in the 2024 NBA Draft this year and to see how it will all play out. Thanks for reading.

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