Just because the Pistons only have a pick in the second round, doesn’t mean that there aren’t players to watch for that could really impact Detroit’s play next season.
In fact, you could argue that the Pistons have a tougher job than some other organizations because their one chance to get it right comes with pick number 38.
Being such a deep draft class, there are a handful of players that could be major contributors selected after the Pistons submit their selection.
There have been a handful of players from picks 40 onward that have turned into starter quality players in this league.
From Paul Milsap to Manu Ginobili, Marc Gasol and Lance Stephenson — there are tons of talent that can be had in the second round of the draft.
For the Pistons, it’s about finding a diamond in the rough.
Stan Van Gundy has made a living out of finding character players in the second round that help build winning basketball. Udonis Haslem went undrafted, Kyle O’Quinn was the 49th selection of the 2012 Draft.
General Manager Jeff Bower made a living of turning 2nd round picks into contributors. In his time in New Orleans, he selected the likes of Marcus Thornton and Brandon Bass.
Now both are looking to find another player that can make a major difference starting right away.
Here are a five players that are projected to go lower than the Pistons selection, that could be sleepers at the NBA level.