Detroit Pistons: 3 big what-ifs from the 2020 NBA Draft

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets is the star the Detroit Pistons need (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets is the star the Detroit Pistons need (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons
Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons don’t have the greatest draft history. In fact, you’d have to go back several decades before you’d find a period where the Pistons drafted well consistently.

Fans hope Troy Weaver will change that and there are already promising signs. Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart have both been playing minutes, making an impact and look like solid rotation players at least.

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Killian Hayes showed flashes before going down with an injury and it is WAY TOO EARLY to know anything about him considering he’s only played seven games.

Seriously, if you call this guy a bust already just stop watching basketball and go back to video games.

That being said, it’s always fun to look back on an NBA draft to see what could have been and there are some interesting what-ifs for the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit Pistons: What if the Pistons had moved up for LaMelo Ball?

One of the biggest debates on Pistons’ Twitter before the draft was whether the Pistons should have tried to move up to select LaMelo Ball.

Everyone knew the Pistons wanted a point guard but there was heavy debate about which one it could be. Some fans thought the star power and potential of LaMelo were worth trading up for while others thought he had bust potential.

How about now?

LaMelo Ball has been better than anyone other than LaVar thought he would be. He’s averaging 12 points, six rebounds and six assists off the Hornets’ bench and has injected some life into a franchise that desperately needed it.

Sound familiar?

After LaMelo didn’t go in the top-2, the Detroit Pistons might have been able to trade up and get him. They probably should have, as he is exactly the playmaking point guard they need and might even have the Detroit Pistons winning some of these close games.

We’ll probably always wonder how things might have looked with LaMelo Ball in Detroit.