Troy Weaver’s First Tough Decision: Who the Detroit Pistons should draft

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Detroit Pistons Draft

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum speaks during the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Newly hired General Manager of the Detroit Pistons Troy Weaver has his first difficult task on the horizon with the NBA Draft.

On June 18th, 2020, the Detroit Pistons hired their new general manager, officially filling the position after Ed Stefanski was the de facto general manager for two seasons.

Troy Weaver joins the Pistons from the Oklahoma City Thunder where he was the Assistant GM and Vice President since 2010 until he was promoted to the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

While in Oklahoma City, he was assisting one of the league’s top general managers, Sam Presti, where they made many shrewd moves and draft selections. The marquee trades were all in the last two seasons with the Paul George and Russell Westbrook mega deals and other moves like flipping Jerami Grant for yet another first round pick.

After trading away two all-NBA level stars, the Thunder were given a .8 percent chance to make the playoffs, yet they shocked the world and got the 4th seed thanks to their new players and developed talent.

The Thunder haven’t had a lottery selection since 2015, yet they’ve picked players such as Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo, and Darius Bazley, all with late first round and second round picks meaning the Pistons could move back and trust Troy Weaver to make some good selections.

On the other hand, the Thunder are primarily in this position thanks to selecting Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, who all were picked in the top 4.

That would lean to the Pistons trading up to get a star and if Troy thinks LaMelo Ball is worth it, then they should go ahead and get our guy. Regardless of what Troy Weaver decides to do, his first true test is what to do with pick 7 in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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