The Detroit Pistons NBA Draft fate is now set in stone. They will make the seventh overall selection.
As if no one saw this coming. The inevitable has officially occurred, and the Detroit Pistons have fallen in the draft order. Coming into tonight’s lottery, the Pistons had never once in franchise history moved up from their projected position.
Conversely, they had fallen five different times. Throw another log on the fire folks, we’ve now fallen six times.
Detroit possessed the fifth best odds at obtaining the number one overall pick at 10.5 percent. The flip side to that was that they also had the best statistical odds at landing the seventh overall pick. When Mark Tatum began to open the envelope, we already knew what was going to happen.
At the end of the day, this isn’t the worst possible thing that could have happened. In a draft class that has no consensus pick at any position, the Pistons will still be able to select someone like Killian Hayes or Tyrese Haliburton. Both players are comfortable picks for a majority of the fanbase.
That doesn’t mean this doesn’t sting though. They also had a 42 percent chance to land inside of the top four. We as collective fans should have known better than to get our hopes up, especially after seeing what happened to the Red Wings in their lottery.
Detroit is still set up to have a relatively successful draft, and a pretty solid offseason under the reign of newly hired General Manager Troy Weaver. While they currently only possess the single draft pick, they could certainly make a move or two to land another one.
We knew this was going to happen, but it still hurts. In the end, it’s maybe for the best that Detroit saves their lottery luck for a year with a more certain draft class.