5 worst Detroit Pistons’ draft classes in franchise history

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22 Mar 2001: Mateen Cleaves #24 of the Detroit Pistons Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport /

Detroit Pistons: 5 worst draft classes of all time


Who they chose:

  • Mateen Cleaves (14)
  • Brian Cardinal (44)

Who they should hav chosen:

  • Hedo Türkoğlu
  • Some random YMCA rec league player

In my opinion, the 2000 NBA Draft was the worst in the history of the NBA, not just for the Detroit Pistons. Seriously, there have never been more busts in one draft, which makes me wonder what the heck was going on at the turn of the century.

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This draft was so bad that it’s hard to even name its best player, as it only produced two All-Star appearances (Kenyon Martin, Jamaal Magloire) in the entire draft and barely even had any decent role players outside of Türkoğlu, who might have been the second-best player overall in this steaming pile.

The Pistons took two guys who were out of the league in short order, one of whom was a bald 50-year-old with a knee brace bigger than his torso who looked like a guy you might see throwing elbows in the YMCA.

It was a grim year for the entire league, not just the Pistons, which is why it ranks as the worst draft class in team history.

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