With it's first playoff berth in seven years, the Detroit Pistons will not be picking in the draft lottery this year. A little luck went there way anyway, however, as the Pistons won a tiebreaker against the Portland Trailblazers today and will pick 18th. Keith Langlois tweeted the following earlier today.
Not quite drama of waiting to see what lottery position is, but NBA tiebreaker today determines if #Pistons will pick 18 or 19 in draft— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) April 15, 2016
After much suspension, he finally tweeted the results.
Though the Pistons won the tiebreaker against the Blazers, the Denver Nuggets are the team who actually moves back.
So what kind of difference does jumping from No. 19 to No. 18 make?
According to nbadraft.net, the difference is Caris LeVert instead of Henry Elleson. LeVert is a versatile wing from University of Michigan who is fighting off injury concerns. Ellenson is a 19-year-old, 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward who has a post up game and "can" shoot the three (28.8-percent). He's a one-and-done player.
At Draft Express, the difference is Furkan Korkmaz instead of Domantas Sabonis. Korkmaz is a deadly scorer from all over the court with a good handle and is only 18. Sabonis is a 20-year-old, 6-foot-10, 231-pound power forward. He's a second-year player who can shoot out to the three-point line and gets a ton of rebounds. Oh, and he's Arvydas Sabonis' son.
Let the good news keep on rolling. What say you DBB?