Detroit Pistons: Top 5 centers the Pistons have taken in the NBA Draft

Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons do not have a rich history of selecting centers in the NBA Draft.

In fact, going back to the 1957 draft, the Pistons have only selected 27 centers total and most of them barely sniffed the NBA.

The Pistons do have a history of finding steals in the draft, but most of them have not been centers.

Current center Isaiah Stewart is likely to make the NBA All-Rookie team this season after leading all rookies in rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage.

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He also showed ability on the perimeter as a switchable defender and a guy who can knock down an occasional 3-point shot.

But would that be enough to put him in the top-5 centers the Pistons have ever drafted?

The best centers the Detroit Pistons have ever drafted: Greg Monroe

The Pistons have had some great centers over the years, including guys like Bill Laimbeer and Ben Wallace, but most of them were not drafted.

That’s why you may be surprised that Greg Monroe actually comes 5th on this list.

Monroe was drafted in 2010 and played five seasons in Detroit. It’s crazy to think that the Pistons were actually trying to build around this guy, as he is no longer even in the league.

After putting up some solid seasons where he averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, the game eventually passed Monroe by as he was too slow to switch on the perimeter and never developed the range of a stretch-five.

Monroe was a skilled passer and probably would have been a dominant All-Star had he played in a different era.  But he didn’t and now he is toiling in the Russian league.