Hopefully this will be the last season in which the Detroit Pistons are watching the lottery odds instead of the playoff standings, and if everything goes right this offseason, it will be.
The Pistons have promised to put the tank behind them, but will still need future draft picks (beyond just this year) to make moves and potentially land the key piece that binds the team together.
Weaver will be restricted when trying to trade future picks this offseason, and in the immediate future because of the pick they still owe the Knicks, so how many draft picks exactly do theDetroit Pistons have in the upcoming years?
Detroit Pistons draft picks 2023, 2024, 2025: Full list
1st Round: Because of the protections on the pick the Pistons owe the Knicks, Detroit keeps its own 1st round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. *UPDATE* The Pistons now have the 5th pick after falling four spots.
2nd Round: The Pistons own their 2nd-round pick as well, which will be 31st.
1st Round: 1-18 Own; 19-30 to NYK. Detroit once again has just one pick in the first round, which could convey to the Knicks if the Pistons make the playoffs. There is a good chance Detroit ends up keeping this one as well.
2nd Round: To NYK; More favorable of MEM and WAS. The Pistons owe their pick to the Knicks but will get the more favorable one from Memphis or Washington.
1st Round: 1-13 Own; 14-30 to NYK (via HOU to OKC) if not already settled. 2025 is realistically the year the Pistons will convey their pick to the Knicks, as it is only protected through the 13th pick. Let’s hope Detroit is good enough by then to finally end this saga.
2nd Round: 31-55 Own; 56-60 to NYK; More favorable of GOS and WAS. Once again, the Pistons will give up their own 2nd-rounder if it falls between 56-60 and keep it otherwise. They will also have a second pick from either Golden State or Washington.
One interesting note is that if the Detroit Pistons haven’t conveyed the first rounder they owe the Knicks by 2027, then it becomes a second rounder. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, as it would mean the Pistons still suck four years from now.