Pistons Get A For Jaden Ivey At No. 5

A year ago, the Detroit Pistons struck gold in their rebuild, winning the NBA Draft Lottery and the opportunity to pick Cade Cunningham. After a somewhat slow start, Cunningham showed all the signs of a future star and Detroit was mostly competitive for the second half of the season despite a 23-59 overall record. As such, there is plenty to be excited about for the Pistons as Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and other players are set to take another step forward in the near future.

Through the lens of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Pistons landed 5th overall, and that provides another opportunity to expand the talent arsenal for the future. Cunningham’s versatility and size give Detroit’s front office plenty of flexibility when it comes to roster building, and after trading Jerami Grant for a 2025 first-round pick (and freeing up plenty of cap space), it’s clear that the focus is on the long-term perspective.

Roster Requirements: A perimeter running mate for Cunningham, more shooting, another strong guard

Jaden Ivey (No. 5 overall), A: This is a home game for the Pistons. Even without a truly elite rating from Ivey, he still represents tremendous value at #5 overall in this draft. Additionally, Ivey might fit best as the #2 offensive option that doesn’t have to carry the full workload, and it makes a lot of sense to place him next to Cade Cunningham. It might be some time, but there’s a lot to like about Ivey’s future.

Jalen Duren (No. 13 overall), A-: If you look at the trade machinations where Detroit just shipped the 2025 first out of Milwaukee that they got in exchange for Jerami Grant, that’s great value as a draft pick and Detroit continues to have an excellent night. It was widely predicted that Duren would retire from the board by No. 13, and with good reason. The 18-year-old center has a 7ft 5 wingspan with the ability to finish over the rim, defend versatile and could become a potential high-end starting center alongside the Pistons’ young star backcourt.

2022 Free Agents:
Marvin Bagley III (RFA)
Rodney McGruder (UFA)
Jamorko Pickett (RFA)

Roster:
Kelly Olynyk
Cade Cunningham
Killian Hayes
Hamidou Diallo (team option)
Cory Joseph (player option)
Isaiah Stewart
Frank Jackson (team option)
Saddiq Bey
Carsen Edwards (team option)
you know Lee
Luka Garza (team option)
Isaiah liver
Braxton key (two way)
Jaden Ivey
Jalen Duren

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