Pistons Confident Jaden Ivey Will Be Available At No. 5

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After picking the No. 1 pick overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, Lady Luck did not side with the Detroit Pistons this year. The Pistons fell back two spots during the NBA Draft Lottery as they will now pick fifth overall.

While they’ll still be able to land a highly rated prospect, they’ll be at the mercy of the drafting committee. They need to be prepared for numerous scenarios as it’s really anyone’s guess what will happen to the #4 overall pick in front of them.

Currently, that pick is held by the Sacramento Kings, who were one of the biggest draft lottery winners. What they do with this pick will have a trickle down effect as numerous teams have been linked with them to step up and earn the No. 4 overall pick.

Detroit could get into the trade market themselves, as they have one of the most coveted trade chips in the league in Jerami Grant. That would make someone like Iowa’s Keegan Murray a solid pick for them, as he could slip right into Grant’s place should a trade go through.

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However, it appears the Detroit Pistons would prefer to land Purdue guard Jaden Ivey. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Detroit is projecting strong confidence that they can land Ivey with the fifth pick as long as the Kings don’t trade the No. 4 to someone to target him.

Two of the teams mentioned as candidates for Jaden Ivey are the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. Detroit should hope that the Sacramento Kings’ asking price stays very high and that no deal is struck, as they expect Murray to be the fourth player selected as long as nothing crazy happens in the top three.

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Right now, Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr., Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, and Duke’s Paolo Banchero are expected to be the top three picks in the draft.

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