NBA Draft: Jonathan Kuminga flying under the radar for Detroit Pistons

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Detroit Pistons draft picks: NBA Draft prospect Jonathan Kuminga

If the Pistons were to draft Kuminga it would likely be because they fell to the 5th or 6th pick, as I can’t see them reaching for him over guys like Suggs, Jalen Green or Evan Mobley.

It would also be a sign the rebuild is going to take awhile, as Kuminga will take a few years to develop the skill and nuance he needs to succeed as a small forward in the NBA.

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This might not be the worst thing, as Kuminga will hopefully be good right about the time Jerami Grant’s contract is up, allowing the Pistons to move Grant at some point and reap the rewards.

Teams really can’t have enough versatile wings who can defend, so Kuminga fits in no matter who they end up keeping. If you look at the playoffs this season, having big wings who can defend is one of the most important assets for a contending team.

The Pistons already have a raw prospect in Sekou Doumbouya, so may be loathe to add another guy who is has a similar skill set, but Kuminga is far more athletic than Doumbouya and the two could play together in the future, giving the Pistons a big set of forwards who should be able to defend and run the floor.

Kuminga seems to be flying under the radar and I could see him dropping in the draft, which may be a mistake, as he has the type of raw skills to become a dominant wing.

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