If history's any indication as to what will happen on Tuesday night during the NBA draft lottery, then the Pistons will either keep their pick at No. 8 overall or lose it as part of the trade with Charlotte two years ago that made Ben Gordon the Bobcats' (now Hornets) problem and yet still a burden to the Pistons.
For as much fanfare as lottery night receives, the previous nine lotteries for the Pistons have ranged from uneventful to a little sad, as the team has either remained in their slot going into the night or lost positioning, if you don't count the Memphis lottery in 2003 (I guess you could).
Below is a breakdown of the Pistons' lottery history:
|YEAR||RECORD||PRE-DRAFT SPOT||PICK||CHANGE||PLAYER TAKEN|
|2013||29-53||No. 7||No. 8||- 1||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|2012||25-41||No. 9||No. 9||0||Andre Drummond|
|2011||30-52||No. 7||No. 8||- 1||Brandon Knight|
|2010||27-55||No. 7||No. 7||0||
|2003 (Memphis)||28-54||No. 6||No. 2||+4||Darko Milicic|
|2001||32-50||No. 9||No. 9||0||Rodney White|
|1998||37-45||No. 11||No. 11||0||Bonzi Wells|
|1995||28-55||No. 9||No. 9||0||Shawn Respert (to Portland)|
|1994||20-62||No. 2||No. 3||- 1||
|1993||40-42||No. 10||No. 11||- 1||
History will play no role in how the ping pong balls fall, though -- unless it's fixin' for some Pistons storylines! The chart below breaks down the Pistons' odds to land a Top 3 pick, stay put or lose the pick (courtesy of Sean Corp in our initial odds post):
|Draft Pick||Percent Chance|
Here it is in interactive pie chart beauty (courtesy of the USA Today by way of Freep):
The draft lottery is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Kyle Singler will be there, even if he might not get it. As soon as we know when the Pistons pick, if at all, we will let you know and then prepare you a gauntlet of mock drafts.