Pistons NBA Draft: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl could be a 2nd-round steal

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl #24 of the Villanova Wildcats (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl #24 of the Villanova Wildcats (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons draft picks (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons have three picks in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft and have a lot of options of how to use them.

They could just take three players, see if any of them stick and hope they find some hidden talent, something Troy Weaver has been very good at in his first season in Detroit.

They could also package two or more of the picks to try and move up into the first round, which could be an option if there is an impact talent towards the end of the first that they don’t think will last.

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The Pistons currently have the 37th, 42nd and 51st picks in the second round. Packaging all three might be enough to move into the first round, but if not, there could still be talent in a very deep draft.

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The Pistons are still a ways from being a contender, though I agree with Jerami Grant that they could do “something big” next season with the right moves.

The Pistons had a top-ten defense this season in points allowed, but their shooting and offense in general was pretty bad. They could definitely use some shooting, but the Pistons also need to make their picks with their overall vision in mind.

Troy Weaver seems to prefer athletic and versatile defenders over one-dimensional scorers, so he will undoubtedly look for guys who fit that mold.

One such player is Jeremiah Robinson-Earl out of Villanova, the same school that produced Pistons’ rookie Saddiq Bey in the last draft.

Could the Detroit Pistons look to Villanova again this year? There is a lot to like about JRE.