Pistons Rumors: ‘Detroit Loves’ Jaden Ivey Ahead of 2022 NBA Draft | Bleacher Report

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The Detroit Pistons align their future with Cade Cunningham, but that may not stop them from picking another guard in the 2022 NBA draft.

The Athletic’s David Aldridge spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who said Detroit “loves Ivey.”

Aldridge quoted a college assistant whose team faced Ivey and Purdue, and the coach drew a parallel between the 6’4″ guard and Russell Westbrook:

“If people could lose what they saw of Russell Westbrook and what they think of Westbrook, Ivey is very much like him. He’s downhill, he’s hard to protect. Against us he beat us from the free-throw line. He’s gone downhill. “He can cause a lot of fouls just because of his athleticism. I think he has a lot of work to do as a point guard. But I think his advantage is really good and I hear he’s working his tail off .” “

Despite finishing with the third-worst record in the NBA (23-59), the Pistons fell two places in the lottery to No. 5. With that, Detroit is still poised to land a player who can join Cunningham in shaping the future of the franchise.

Ivey would also be a good fit alongside Cunningham.

In his second season with the Boilermakers, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also shot 46.0 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.

While he needs to improve to some degree as a playmaker, Ivey isn’t profiling himself as a guard who can be the lead moderator for his team.

Detroit wouldn’t have to worry too much about that since Cunningham is already filling that role. The Pistons rookie was giving away 5.6 assists per game and his presence would allow Ivey to play to his greatest strengths.

Ivey’s availability could be a clear hurdle for Detroit general manager Troy Weaver.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported May 31 that the Oklahoma City Thunder could target Ivey for 2nd place, despite already having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.

Wasserman also predicted that No. 4 Ivey would go to the Sacramento Kings, who are proving to be a much better fit as they try to find a replacement for Tyrese Haliburton.

Weaver and the front office will obviously cast a wide net if they identify their preferred prospects in the first round. Under the realistic scenarios, having Ivey fall on top of them would probably be the best outcome for the Pistons, but it’s one that may not be as likely.

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