5 worst Detroit Pistons’ draft classes in franchise history

Detroit Pistons Henry Ellenson. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons: 5 worst draft classes of all time


Who they chose:

  • Henry Ellenson (18)
  • Michael Gbinije (49)

Who they should have chosen:

  • Pascal Siakam
  • Fred VanVleet

This shows you why the Toronto Raptors have been so consistently good over the years, as they nailed these two picks (though VanVleet was undrafted). This was a weird draft, as a lot of the top talent went later in the first round (Siakam, Dejounte Murray), in the second round (Malcom Brogdon) or even undrafted (VanVleet, Alex Caruso, Bryn Forbes, Danuel House, Derrick Jones Jr, Dorian Finney-Smith).

In other words, there were at least six players who went undrafted that were miles better than Henry Ellenson, who was always slow as a house and never really looked like an NBA player outside of a couple of Summer League games.

When both of your picks are waived within three years, you know it was a bad draft.