Now that the lottery has decided the Pistons will pick seventh, we can start to look at who they will take. The first step is figuring out who will be off the board.
I found 18 mock drafts updated since the lottery, and they collectively projected 10 players to be picked before the Pistons’ No. 7 pick.
Five players – John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wesley Johnson – went before Detroit’s pick in all 18 mocks. Of course, a lot can change before the draft. But at this point, you better have a compelling reason one of them will fall before you suggest Detroit drafts him. (Although, if you think there’s a reason one of them will fall, would you want him anyway?)
Here’s a chart detailing how likely it is each player is off the board before the Pistons pick:
If you’re curious, the mocks had the Pistons taking: Cole Aldrich (eight), Ed Davis (five), Greg Monroe (two), Al-Farouq Aminu (two) and Patrick Patterson (one).
Mock drafts used
- Chad Ford of ESPN
- Tom Ziller of FanHouse
- Dave Del Grande of CBS Sports
- Jonathon Feigen of CBS Sports
- Sean Deveney of the SportingNews
- Christopher Reina of RealGM
- Jonathon Givony of HoopsHype
- Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News
- Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times
- My NBA Draft
- Court Visionaries
- NBA Draft Addicts
- NBA Draft Guru
- The Football Fan Spot