2022 NBA Draft odds: If Pistons fall, they could turn to G-League

Jaden Hardy #1 of the G League Ignite . (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 30: From left, Detroit Pistons draft picks Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Livers, Luka Garza and Balsa Koprivica pose for a photo after the press conference on July 30, 2021 at the Pistons Performance Center in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons have the second-worst record in the league and are in position to nab a top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

They are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Magic for the worst record in the league after winning a few games while Orlando has lost nine in a row.

This is certainly not how many of us hoped this season would go, but it’s also not surprising, as the Pistons are one of the youngest teams in the league and have lost their only two decent veterans to injury.

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With Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk missing significant time, the Pistons have been unable to sustain much success even though rookie Cade Cunningham has had some big games and flashed superstar potential at times.

Most of the focus when it comes to the 2022 NBA Draft has been on the forwards at the top, as Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren all have skills that Detroit needs and have separated themselves from the pack.

But what if the Detroit Pistons drop out of the top three? It’s not a possibility we want to think about, but right now the odds are against them.

Detroit Pistons: 2022 NBA Draft odds

The bottom three teams all have the same odds for the number one pick, so the only real advantage to having the worst record is that you are guaranteed to stay in the top five, while the second-worst record can fall to six.

Here are Detroit’s odds for each spot:

  • #1 pick-14%
  • #2 pick- 13.4%
  • #3 pick- 12.7%
  • #4 pick- 12%
  • #5 pick- 27.8%
  • #6 pick- 20.1%

As you can see, Detroit would have a 40.1 percent chance of staying in the top three and the picks with the highest odds would actually be five and six, which is a nightmare scenario for a team whose fans have suffered enough.

But we have to prepare for the possibility that is going to happen, and if it does, the Pistons might turn to the G-League for talent.