One of the Pistons' #5 picks has to go, which one should it be?

2024 NBA Draft - Round One
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Ausar Thompson has shown the most tantalizing upside of the number fives

The second of our three #5 picks is none other than Ausar Thompson. Shooting woes are not the only thing that the high-flying wing has in common with Ivey. Thompson was also a victim of Monty's coaching. The rookie shot out of the gates, wowing fans and talking heads across the nation with his uncanny rebounding ability and his undeniable defensive chops.

Of course, this type of impressive play only went so far with the head coach, as he was hellbent on racking up as many consecutive losses as he could so as to ruin Troy Weaver's career and leave Gores in a state of disassociation. It really was remarkable to witness, and this is coming from a diehard Pistons fan since the mid-80s. The term "disaster of epic proportions" would not be inappropriate to apply.

I digress, as the relevant question here isn't so much did Monty coach with his eyes closed as it is, can Ausar Thompson become a floor spacer?

Ausar, like his twin Amen, was hounded by questions about his shooting mechanics in the lead-up to the 2023 draft. Those questions remain, and it'll be fascinating to see if Coach Vinson can succeed in helping Ausar become a perimeter threat. Whether it's with a tweak or a complete overhaul is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that Thompson is an exciting young player who can do several great things on the basketball court. He truly is capable of being a regular All-Star if he can stumble onto an average jumper.