Detroit Pistons history: 10 random players from the 2010’s

Will Bynum #12 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Jonas Jerebko #33 (L) and Austin Daye #5 (R) of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Austin Daye never lived up to the hype

Austin Daye (2009-2013)

The 6-foot-11 Daye was drafted 15th overall out of Gonzaga by Detroit, but never found his footing in the pros.

In his best season, his second year, he averaged just 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Daye is certainly one of Detroit’s biggest draft misfires in recent memory.

But as luck would have it, not all was bad for Daye. He was traded to Memphis in a deal that sent Jose Calderon to the Pistons. He bounced around to Toronto and then the Spurs in 2014, where he won a championship.

Daye, like Datome, now plays in the LBA.

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Darrun Hilliard (2015-2017)

The Detroit Pistons took Hilliard, a sharpshooter out of Villanova, with the 38th overall pick. Hilliard flew under the radar in the draft process and was expected to be a sneakily valuable role player.

It should be obvious now: that never materialized.

Hilliard went back and forth between Detroit and the G-League, before ultimately being traded to San Antonio for cash considerations.

He now plays in the EuroLeague.