With the NBA draft officially in the rearview mirror, many teams were having great drafts and 58 young men were fulfilling their dreams when they heard their names at Barclays Center. The NBA is poised to move into the next phase of the offseason with a very interesting free agent class. Before that, let’s look at three of the top picks at the end of the draft.
After picking up top-three picks in the draft lottery, the Pistons fell back to the fifth pick in the draft. Pretty much every single mock draft had the same four prospects in the top 4 – Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. Since the Kings had essentially no contact with Ivey at all, it looked increasingly likely that he would fall to the fifth pick.
Thankfully, that was the case, because with the fifth pick, the Pistons selected Ivey from Purdue. Many thought they were done in the first round after that, but then the Pistons were part of a three-team trade with the Hornets and Knicks in which they acquired Kemba Walker and draft rights to 13th overall pick Jalen Duren of Memphis .
Walker is expected to be lifted from the organization, but the Pistons ended up having arguably the best guard in the draft in Ivey and the best true center in the draft in Duren. The Pistons also drafted Italy wing Gabriele Procida with the 33rd pick overall, but he will remain abroad as a hidden pick.
Overall, the Pistons have a very bright future ahead of them with these two lottery picks joining forces with the young core of Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes.