Detroit Pistons: Ranking the top-8 Pistons’ drafts of all-time

Isiah Thomas #11 of the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons’ Top drafts of all time: No. 5

2020: Killian Hayes, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Saben Lee

Ok, so technically the Detroit Pistons only drafted one of these guys, Killian Hayes, and got the rest in trades but I am still counting them since Troy Weaver was the one making the selections.

This might be a bit of recency bias but the Pistons don’t have a good draft history so there is a strong argument that this one could end up even higher.

Bey has already won Eastern Conference Player of the Week and continues to climb the Rookie Ladder. Stewart and Lee look at least like solid role players for the future and Killian Hayes has star potential. That is not a bad haul, especially considering all but one of them were chosen outside of the lottery.

Two of them ended up in the top-five of CBS’ recent rookie ratings, so this draft could end up being viewed as one of the best of all-time in a few years.

Detroit Pistons’ Top drafts of all time: No. 4

1994: Grant Hill

I think there is a good chance that 2020 ends up supplanting this one eventually, but it is hard to put it ahead of the draft that netted one of the greatest Pistons of all time.

Grant Hill was a triple-double machine before people even really knew what that meant. Though his time was mired with injuries and mediocre teams, Hill was spectacular in his six seasons with the Pistons.

In fact, only LeBron James and Oscar Robertson had more combined points, rebounds and assists through their first six seasons than Grant Hill had in his time in Detroit.

Grant Hill deserves his spot in the Hall of Fame for being one of those players that literally changed the game. The Pistons eventually traded him and even that worked out, as it brought back Ben Wallace and started the most successful era of Pistons’ basketball.