Longshots and possibilities: Tier one stars the Detroit Pistons could pursue

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Zion Williamson, 6’6 PF, 23

The Zion Williamson sweepstakes was one of the most popularized lottery storylines we’ve seen in the last 15 years. Last season, Victor Wembanyama attracted his fair share of attention, and rightfully so. Zion was different, though, thanks to his time spent in college. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, who jumped in the lottery and won the Zion sweepstakes, his time in the league has been plagued by injury and conditioning issues. When healthy, though, Zion is a game changer. He was an All-Star last season, and this year he’s averaging 22 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.5 stocks and is connecting from deep at 36 percent. 

This isn’t the first time that Zion-to-Detroit rumors have come up. Last trade deadline, there were some reports that Detroit and Zion might be a good pairing. Looking at Detroit’s current roster, at just 6-foot-, Zion is undersized for the stretch four position that the Pistons need. But, Zion clearly lives above the rim and plays larger than his 6’6 frame. It’s hard to evaluate his value now, as he’s played in just 158 games out of a possible 328, just 48%. When he does play, he is truly a marvel though. His star power would be welcome here in Detroit. Efficiency-wise, Williamson is similar to Ingram in that his defense is almost exactly league average, but his offensive efficiency is well above at 121. Still just 23, I would imagine the Pels would demand a package of picks and young talent. Maybe a package of three first round picks and Isaiah Stewart could get the deal done.