Detroit Pistons: 5 worst draft classes of all time
Who they chose:
- Sekou Doumbouya (15)
- Isaiah Roby (45)-traded to Dallas
Who they should have chosen:
- Literally anyone else (Matisse Thybulle, Grant Williams, Jordan Poole, Michael Porter Jr.)
- Max Strus
Sekou Doumbouya was basically the French Henry Ellenson, and is already on the fringes of the NBA even though he is just 21-years-old. This was a draft where the Pistons could have just thrown a dart at a board of names and ended up with a better player than Sekou.
Doumbouya had a couple of moments when you thought the Pistons might have hit on their high-ceiling, low-floor choice, but Doumbouya never looked like a basketball player consistently and more often looked like a guy who might not be able to identify a basketball in a police lineup.
What makes it even worse is that there were a ton of good players taken after Doumbouya even though he was the 15th pick, so the Pistons could have a guy like Jordan Poole or Matisse Thybulle in their core.
Few players have flamed out as fast as Doumbouya, who still isn’t on a team. Detroit is hoping that Killian Hayes isn’t the next Doumbouya, though he has already been A LOT better in his young career.