Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #10: Amir Johnson
The first two on this list are similar players that the Pistons were able to find later in the draft. Amir Johnson was never great but he was a solid pro for 14 years in the NBA.
Considering the Pistons chose him with the 56th overall pick in 2005, that’s a pretty good run, as very few players drafted in this range ever have careers in the NBA.
Johnson was a raw prospect who worked his way into being a solid rotation big in the NBA for over a decade. In fact, the 33-year-old is still playing for the Ignite in the G-League.
Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #9: Theo Ratliff
Theo Ratliff was the 18th pick in the 1995 draft and ended up having a very productive 16-year career in the NBA.
Ratliff averaged 2.4 blocks per game for his career and actually led the league in blocks three times in that span.
He was a quality rebounder and rim-running big man who defended the rim as well as anyone. Ratliff only ended up playing just over two seasons for the Pistons and played for just about every other team in the NBA before his career was over.