NBA Draft Big Board 1.0: Re-thinking the top five of the 2021 Draft

Jalen Green would be a nice get for the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Jalen Green would be a nice get for the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons, James Bouknight
James Bouknight #2 of the Connecticut Huskies could be a steal for the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons Big Board 1.0: Prospects 10-9

64. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Shooting guard. James Bouknight. 10. player. UCONN

If the Detroit Pistons drop out of the top-five of the draft, Bouknight is definitely a guy they will take a long look at.

Bouknight could be the scorer the Pistons lack, as he can fill it up all over the floor and is the type of explosive athlete Weaver likes.

He needs to improve his long-range shooting but other than that, Bouknight is a bucket who has size and rebounds his position well. I think his athleticism will also translate to the defensive end, which could make him one of the better guard prospects outside of the top five.

64. Pick Analysis. Duke. Jalen Johnson. 9. player. Scouting Report. Forward

Jalen Johnson has had some issues this season that have probably hurt his draft status, as he quit mid-season after some things didn’t go his way which has been a red flag to some scouts.

Otherwise, Johnson has all of the tools, as he is a 6-foot-9 small forward who can block shots, rebound, defend multiple positions and hit a high percentage from 3-point range.

He is a top-five or six talent, there is no doubt of that, but does he have the mental makeup to thrive in the NBA? Someone is definitely going to take a chance on him and Johnson could end up being the best value pick in the draft if he falls.