Tonight is the night! The night that could change the course of our franchise for the next decade! The night we get the next NBA superstar! That night, of course, is late May, the year 2003. The Pistons owned the rights to the Memphis Grizzlies’ pick as long as it didn’t land at No. 1. As luck would have it, the ping pong balls bounced them into the second spot and the Pistons … well, you know what they did.
But tonight is the first chance for Detroit and GM Joe Dumars to atone for the Darko debacle as they will be a participant in the draft lottery for the first time since 2003. The Pistons only have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the lottery, but I’ll be wearing my lucky Transformers underwear tonight. The Pistons could definitely use it (the luck not the underwear).
NBA Draft Lottery link round-up:
- Chad Ford has a rundown of how every lottery team could pick if awarded slots 1, 2 or 3. Insider access is required, but I will tell you that he has John Wall and Evan Turner going 1 and 2 to almost every team, including the Pistons. He has Detroit selecting DeMarcus Cousins at No. 3.
- Vince Goodwill of the Detroit News writes that the Pistons would be targeting Cousins and Derrick Favors at 2 and 3, and if they fall to the seven or eight range, they would vie for players such as Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis and Greg Monroe. Size, it appears, matters.
- Michael Rosenberg focuses less on the draft and more on what he considers the inevitable trade the Pistons must make to make progress in their rebuild. He talks about there being more teams with cap space than there are free agents to spend it on. But he then points to the 2007 Ray Allen trade made by Boston. But those teams won’t know they’ve struck out in free agency until after the draft. Or am I getting my dates mixed up?
- The Freep also has a list of players selected at No. 7 and No. 8 (the Pistons’ most likely landing spot) from the past decade and beyond, including Detroit’s very own Rip Hamilton.
- The lottery will take place at 8 p.m. on ESPN. It will be a time of atoning for Darko and much rejoicing.