Now that the team knows it will be picking at No. 12 the team will begin inviting potential first- and second-round prospects in for individual workouts.
The history of the No. 12 overall pick is mostly inauspicious, but No. 12 seems to have been kind to teams the past few years. Last season the Hawks grabbed Taurean Prince. While Prince didn’t blow anyone away in his rookie campaign, he showed promise on both ends of the floor.
The year before Trey Lyles was the No. 12 pick, but sandwiched between him were Myles Turner at No. 11 and Devin Booker at No. 13. Other No. 12 picks the past five years are Dario Saric, Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb, Alec Burks and Xavier Henry.
The only other time the Pistons have selected No. 12 was way back in 1981 when they drafted Kelly Tripucka. Tripucka was a first-team all-rookie selection and was a two-time all-star in his five seasons in Detroit.
The team’s weaknesses are plenty with needs to add perimeter shooting, interior defense, defense at the point of attack and general playmaking.
The NBA Draft will be held June 22 on ESPN.