Best case/worst case scenario for likely top Pistons draft picks

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Dalton Knecht, 6’6 SG

Coming off of possibly the highest ceiling option for Detroit, we now will get into the highest floor that Detroit could go with. Dalton Knecht will enter the 2024 NBA Draft as one of the oldest prospects at 23 years old. He started his college career at Northeastern Junior College, transferred to Northern Colorado, and then got his national attention this past year at Tennessee. The 6-foot-6 breakout star averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and almost 2 assists per game on 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. That is exactly what he will bring at the next level; good size, great shotmaking, and a mature understanding of the game. Defensively, he isn’t dominant, but has grown substantially this past year on that end. I think his ceiling is that similar to someone like Desmond Bane, a shooting guard with great size for the position, and a smooth, lethal jumpshot. 

He might not have cornerstone-upside, but his floor is extremely safe. At worst, he still has the size to stick around in the league, and would act as a scoring weapon in the second unit. I think that he falls a little less than Desmond Bane-like, but will quietly carve out a good career at the next level. The only way Detroit ends up with Knecht and his safe floor, however, would be if they fall to five. Once again.