Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #8: Arron Affalo
Arron Affalo was taken with the 27th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and ended up having a very good career, though most of it was with other teams.
Affalo falls into the category of “guys the Pistons should have never let go” category, something we will see quite often on this list.
He was a slow starter but Affalo eventually evolved into one of the best two-guards in the league and had a season for Orlando where he averaged 18.2 points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
The Pistons traded Affalo for a late second-round pick in one of the worst deals they’ve made in recent history, as he ended up being a very productive player.
Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #7: Spencer Dinwiddie
Speaking of guys the Pistons should have never traded, Spencer Dinwiddie is another player who the Pistons traded for nothing who ended up having a good career somewhere else.
Dinwiddie is a player I wouldn’t mind seeing the Pistons bring back, as he is still a productive backup and might be able to be had for cheap since he is coming off an injury.
Dinwiddie was the 38th overall pick in the draft and one the Pistons wish they hadn’t let get away.
He made an All-Star team and averaged over 20 points last season and is still only 27-years-old, so there is time for him to add more accolades to his career.
He was traded for Cameron Bairstow in a move that has to rank as one of the worst trades in recent Pistons’ history.
Affalo and Dinwiddie are good cautionary tales about not giving up on prospects too soon, as some fans would love to do with Sekou Doumbouya.