1. Drafted Ausar Thompson
Drafted Overtime Elite wing Ausar Thompson with the No. 5 in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Through much of the predraft process, it appeared that the two hyper-athletic twins from the new player development program Overtime Elite were going to be viewed very differently. Amen Thompson was always considered to be the better prospect, while his brother Ausar was supposed to be a tier below.
Yet as the NBA Draft drew closer, more and more draft analysts and reporters began to present an alternate message. Was it possible that two twin brothers with the same athletic gifts playing for the same program could actually have similar upsides?
To their credit, the Detroit Pistons followed through on that assessment, not letting Ausar fall past their pick at No. 5. The “younger” brother by about a minute, Ausar played as more of a wing for Overtime Elite while Amen ran the point. That allowed Ausar to develop as a cutter and catch-and-shoot player, skill development that will help to launch him into the league.
Ausar is 6-foot-6 with absolutely elite athleticism that gives him a very high floor as both a player and defender. The development of his ball skills and shooting will determine how high his ceiling is, but given the other options available it made perfect sense for the Pistons to take him at No. 5 overall.