Pistons draft: Athletic shooting guard prospect for the 2nd round

Keon Ellis #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Keon Ellis #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons, 2022 NBA Draft
A general view of the board after the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) /

The 2022 NBA Draft is going to be an interesting one for the Detroit Pistons.

While there is a consensus about the top-3-4 guys, after that it is basically a crapshoot, with a lot of scouts believing there will be minimal difference between a late lottery pick and a second rounder.

That means the Detroit Pistons can still find value with the 46th pick and hopefully add another rotation player as they did last season with Isaiah Livers.

Livers was an upperclassman and the Pistons could go that route again, especially after the success of guys like Herbert Jones, who was an older second-round pick who ended up starting for a playoff team this season.

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The Draft seems to get deeper with quality players every year and the Pistons will be looking to find one with their 46th pick.

Detroit Pistons draft: Keon Ellis

Keon Ellis is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Alabama, who wasn’t really on draft radars last season, but is now after a strong senior campaign.

Ellis averaged 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists for Alabama this season while shooting 36 percent from long range on 5.5 attempts per game.

He’ll be over 22-years-old at the time of the draft, so should come into the NBA with a little more experience and maturity.

The Detroit Pistons definitely need upgrades at guard, as currently they have just Killian Hayes and Frank Jackson as the backups. While Hayes is still a 20-year-old developmental project, Jackson is a 23-year-old who regressed and could be replaced with a bigger, cheaper option.

Keon Ellis has an interesting skillset that could benefit the Detroit Pistons, who could use an injection of size, defense and shooting at the guard position.