DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – The reward for the worst NBA record this past season is choosing fifth in the upcoming NBA Draft. With the NBA Lottery system, three teams had a 14% chance of getting the first pick out of the top five remaining. That 14% was not on the good side for Detroit on Tuesday night in Chicago.
Detroit’s general manager Troy Weaver took a great attitude about it. He had hinted at not really having any expectations going into the lottery. He said, “My grandfather said the man who expects nothing can’t be disappointed, so I’m not disappointed. It’s not one or bust. I’m watching LeBron James, who was (the first pick), who’s been a tremendous player, but he’s playing against (Nikola) Jokic who was 41 and back-to-back MVPs.”
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From looking at what Detroit needs, the fifth pick is a great fit for them as they look for a wing player. They will not get the prize player of Victor Wembanyama, who is the hottest player in the NBA Draft since LeBron James, but there are top wing players available that the Pistons can get. Two of them are G-League player Scoot Henderson and Alabama’s Brandon Miller.
San Antonio landed the top pick followed by Charlotte, Portland, and then Houston. Other top players Detroit will look at are twins Amen Thompson and Ausar Thompson of the Overtime Elite, Villanova freshman Cam Whitmore, and Houston freshman Jarace Walker. All of them stand over 6-foot-7.
Weaver adds, “You look at where we’re picking, a lot of the strength of the draft is wings. We’ll make sure we add something that fits us, has the same attitude and mentality to grow with the group. I owe it to those guys in the locker room to bring in a guy that fits and come in and work and want to be a part of what we’re doing in Detroit. So, absolutely, I’m excited about that.”
Detroit is a very young team and will look to fill the gap to get them to the next level.
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