The Detroit Pistons will have a young, unproven roster next season, which could mean another trip to the lottery in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Some fans are just fine with this, as lottery balls mean a chance to compete in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, which will have a lot of teams tanking for the 14 percent chance to draft the 7-foot-4 French prospect.
If you are not familiar with Wembanyama, you can watch some highlights here, which have even diehard anti-tankers like myself thinking 14 percent odd aren’t THAT bad.
The chance to add a potential generational talent next to Cade Cunningham is appealing, though suffering through another 20-win season isn’t.
But Wembanyama isn’t the only prospect getting a lot of hype. Guard Scoot Henderson from the G-League Ignite is also on fans’ radar after displays of blazing speed and athleticism that remind some of a young Russell Westbrook.
Of course, the Pistons already have a “young Westbrook” of their own in Jaden Ivey, so Wembanyama will likely be the guy most fans are clamoring for, and the player that will draw the most idling tanks to the Little Caesar’s Arena parking lot.
Whether you prefer versatile bigs or lightning speed, you’ll get a chance to see these two top prospects go head-to-head very soon.
Detroit Pistons: Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson go head-to-head
Normally we don’t get to see international prospects play against college or G-League players, but that is all about to change, as the Metropolitans 92 from Paris, which is Wembanyama’s team, are set to play the G-League Ignite in two exhibition matches in Nevada:
We’ve seen a lot of hyped prospects over the years, but I can’t remember this much buzz or debate about two guys since the days of Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
It’s going to lead to a whole lot of teams tanking next season for the chance to land one of these two, as they both look like franchise-altering talents even though their games couldn’t be much different.
Whether the Detroit Pistons will be one of them is yet to be seen, but we’re going to be hearing about these two prospects all season, and will get our first head-to-head in early October, with games that will be nationally televised.