Detroit Pistons updated 2022 NBA Draft big board top 5

Jaden Ivey #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons have the worst record in the NBA and are playing a depleted roster full of guys no one has ever heard of, so now is a good time to talk about the future.

The Pistons are headed for another trip to the lottery and having the league’s worst record would ensure them a top-5 pick.

The 2022 NBA Draft is not as good at the top (in my opinion) as last year’s but it is a deep group so the Pistons should be able to find an impact talent.

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Unlike last year, this draft will feature mostly bigs at the top, which is great because the Pistons are too small and need some size.

Here is an updated look at what the Detroit Pistons’ 2022 NBA Draft big board looks like at the top. Let’s hope that after all of this losing, the Pistons at least walk away with a top-5 pick and here are some of the guys they might take.

Detroit Pistons 2022 NBA Draft big board top-5

#5: Jalen Duren, Center, Memphis

Duren has had some monster performances this season and looks like one of the best rim protectors in the draft.

He would give the Detroit Pistons the size they currently lack, as he is 6-foot-11, 250 lbs. and has a massive 7-foot-5 wingspan. He is more of a traditional center but would fit well as a lob threat on the pick-and-roll and shot blocker.

However, Duren is still very raw and will be just 18-years-old at the time of the draft, so he is a project and the Pistons might not want another one of those.

If they drop out of the top four in the 2022 NBA Draft, Duren will get a look, as he satisfies a need even if he doesn’t have the superstar ceiling of some of the other guys at the top.

I don’t think most Pistons’ fans would be happy with this choice, as Duren isn’t a flashy name, but this guy has “solid 10-year pro with All-Star potential” written all over him.