The 2016 NBA Draft is just 16 days away, and the Detroit Pistons have the No. 18 selection. But who should they pick? Even saying the "best player available" means different things to different people. Is it the player ready to contribute right away? Plays the biggest position of need? Is the highest-ceiling prospect who could pay off years down the line?
Now you can have your say in who should make up the official Detroit Bad Boys 2016 NBA Draft Big Board.
Jaylen Brown pretty handily won the vote. Brown is a wing player with explosive athleticism. Brown has the profile and raw tools to be successful on both ends of the floor, but struggled with playmaking and efficiency on California team relatively starved of talent. To me, he seems largely redundant to Stanley Johnson with no clear skills that Johnson is lacking. Talent is talent, I guess, and DBB has decided he was the best talent left on the board.
The real intrigue is with the next vote. Big men Henry Ellenson and Domantas Sabonis tied for second with 13 percent, with fellow big man Deyonta Davis close behind.
Remember, this is not a mock draft, and this is not only selecting from the players people presume will be available when the Pistons make their selection. We are creating a Big Board, ranking NBA Draft prospects from No. 1 on down so that on draft night we know who the best player available is for the Pistons to select.
The poll will stay open approximately 24 hours. I will put 15 names on each poll based on Chad Ford's list of top 100 prospects. That should suffice for a while, but it might get dicey later in round one when the talent base gets flatter and people are more willing to take risks. If you believe a player who should be included in an upcoming poll is missing then make it known in the comments and I will try and include them so that people can always select the person they want.
Vote now, DBB!
Detroit Bad Boys Big Board
- Ben Simmons (52% of vote)
- Brandon Ingram (75%)
- Dragan Bender (33%)
- Kris Dunn (32%)
- Jamal Murray (33%)
- Buddy Hield (45%)
- Marquese Chriss (31%)
- Jaylen Brown (29%)