Five top hopes for the 2020 NBA Draft that could help the Detroit Pistons exhausted by their talents.
We are confident that there will be an NBA draft.
At least we are almost sure of it.
They certainly will not cancel it. For the good and the psyche of Detroit Pistons fans, at least, this project has to happen.
The Pistons have a chance to have their best choice since 2003 when they took … oh whatever.
Currently, they have a 10.5% chance of a # 1 choice. If the NBA returns to the schedule, the Pistons are only half a game from second place, which would increase their chances of the lottery at 14%.
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So while the project entry deadlines, the NBA combination, and the project itself are on hold, let’s take a look at what a few simulation projects believe the Pistons will take – if they keep pick # 5, which is where they are right now.
The Rookie Wire, an offspring of USA TODAY Sports, has the Pistons taking over Memphis James Wiseman’s freshman center. At 7 feet 1 inch and 19, he can make comparisons with André Drummond, who was traded by Detroit earlier this year. Meanwhile, Wiseman only played a few games with the Tigers before being suspended by the NCAA for admissibility concerns.
“They found success with Christian Wood in their first zone, although they may not be willing to pay the price to sign it again when he becomes a free agent in the off-season. Instead, they could seek to add another great back-to-the-basket in James Wiseman to complement Blake Griffin as DeAndre Jordan once did, “writes Bryan Kalbrosky.
NBAdraft.net in Detroit taking another big freshman, Onyeka Okongwu from USC. Rather, it is a rim protector. The website compares it to the Clippers Center Montrezl Harrell and the great Hawks John Collins. Okongwu has averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 28 games with the Trojans.
Tankathon.com also has a fake project, and at # 5, it has the Pistons who choose Obi Toppin from Dayton. The first All-American team was the driving force behind the resurgence of the Flyer season. The 6-9 striker averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds and shot 39% from the 3-point line.
Then there’s Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated, whose fake project earlier this week asked the Pistons to add a guard. And not just any goalkeeper, but 18-year-old LaMelo Ball, who played last season for the Australian Illawarra Hawks in the NBL.
(According to reports, Ball and former Detroit goalkeeper Mercy and Pistons Jermaine Jackson, who is Ball’s manager, bought the Hawks.)
“The Pistons are one of the teams where he meets an obvious need, and are at an organizational stage where they have little reason not to take the risk. Ball is one of the most talented players in the repechage, but is concerned about his poor outside shot (he shot 27.9% over six 3 points per game in the NBL), his difficulties in putting pressure on the rim and ball defense issues, “Woo wrote.
LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks (Australia), 6-7, 181 leaders. Statistics 2019-2020: 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 25% 3PG. Scouting report: Youngest brother of the Lonzo Ball of the Pelicans, he is a smuggler, but has trouble scoring effectively. (Photo: Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports)
Funny enough, Ed Stefanski, Pistons’ senior advisor, was asked about Ball in “Jamie and Stoney” on WXYT-FM (97.1). Stefanski, who has run the Pistons’ war room for the past two years, said his team spotted Ball in Australia. But with Ball comes some luggage, especially in the form of his father, LaVar Ball.
Is Stefanski concerned with the most impetuous / verbose / obnoxious sports parents?
“I don’t really have any problems, and I don’t think I’m naive because I’ve been in the league for a long time,” said Stefanski. “Sometimes you have to be careful with parents and they have children’s ears, but in the NBA, parents are not at all like they would be in a high school team or an AAU team or a college team. I have had some big stars with parents who care about their son and maybe a bit of helicopter parenting, but it really hasn’t affected the NBA. So I don’t care about that with any parent.
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