Will it happen? Unlikely, but the Pistons are clearly a team willing and able to make a big move in order to shake up the core of their squad.
So let’s assume the team stays at No. 12 — who are the prospects the Pistons would be most likely to select. they could go for another big man like Zach Collins, John Collins, TJ Leaf, Jarrett Allen or Ike Anigbogu.
They could also try and improve on the wings with a player such as Malik Monk, Luke Kennard, Donovan Mitchell, OG Anunoby or Justin Jackson.
There are no point guards expected to be available, but if a player like Dennis Smith Jr fell, you can bet the Pistons will be interested.
This can serve as your open thread to discuss the draft picks and any one of the million major trades that could possibly actually come to fruition.
We will also be live updating this page with pick-by-pick updates and instant reaction.
2017 NBA Draft Results
|1||PHILADELPHIA 76ERS||Markelle Futlz||PG||Washington||Philly gambled with a jump to the top pick for Fultz's superstar potential - and Fultz plus Embiid could make The Process finally pay off.|
|2||LA LAKERS||Lonzo Ball||PG||UCLA||This choice was all but certain after their trade of D'Angelo Russell earlier this week. Ball needs a fast pace to thrive, and Lakers play with one.|
|3||BOSTON CELTICS||Jayson Tatum||SF||Duke||Celtics with with a talented offensive player ahead of the defensive-oriented Josh Jackson. With Jaylen Brown in place, that's reasonable.|
|4||PHOENIX SUNS||Josh Jackson||SF||Kansas||Phoenix could use a point guard with Bledsoe on the move and had Smith/Fox right there. But Jackson's defense and versatility will play well in Phoenix.|
|5||SACRAMENTO KINGS||De'Aaron Fox||PG||Kentucky||We all remember he can't shoot, right? Definitely a reasonable choice, but his offense could be tough to transition to the NBA. With WCS already part of that core, Dennis Smith might have been a better fit.|
|6||ORLANDO MAGIC||Jonathan Isaac||SF||Florida State||Isaac and Aaron Gordon could make a nightmare matchup with their versatility, athleticism, and defense. But Orlando's really going to need his shooting to translate.|
|7||MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (to be traded to Chicago Bulls)||Lauri Markkanen||PF||Arizona||Timberwolves surprise winners of the Jimmy Butler Sweepstake - but to what extent? Is it enough to get past the Spurs and their 61 wins? Lauri Markkanen would have been a great fit in Minnesota and he won't be a bad one in Chicago. But long term, it makes for a decision needed on Bobby Portis or Nikola Mirotic. Bulls may/should have been hoping Isaac made it to them.|
|8||NEW YORK KNICKS||Frank Ntilikina||PG||France||It was said that Phil Jackson was dozing during a top player's workout. That may have been Ntilikina. He's young, but has shown some really shaky point guard skills. Never know what's going to happen with the draft, especially with an 18 year old...but Dennis Smith is almost certainly the better prospect at this point.|
|9||DALLAS MAVERICKS||Dennis Smith Jr.||PG||North Carolina St.||Athletic, explosive, he's got some Russell Westbrook to his game. He's a great fit for the Mavs' rebuilding project. His star potential is almost certainly higher than several players drafted ahead of him.|
|10||SACRAMENTO KINGS (to be traded to Portland Trail Blazers)||Zach Collins||C||Gonzaga||He's got the numbers, he's got the skillset, he just didn't have the minutes. He's kinda the Boban of this draft, isn't he? The Blazers were resurgent after acquiring Jusuf Nurkic - so do they see Collins as a power forward or...what's the plan there?|
|11||CHARLOTTE HORNETS||Malik Monk||SG||Kentucky||What a steal. The most explosive scorer in the draft outside of Fultz, he fits great with a Charlotte squad that could use another alpha scorer alongside Kemba Walker.|
|12||DETROIT PISTONS||Luke Kennard||SG||Duke||Drafting 12th in an 11 player draft, Kennard doesn't have the ceiling that Monk or Collins have. But he's one of the best shooters in the draft on a team that's desperate for shooting. It makes sense.|
|13||DENVER NUGGETS (to be traded to Utah Jazz)||Donovan Mitchell||SG||Louisville||Hey, a trade that makes sense for both sides! The best player available where Denver had a cluster, so they trade down. Mitchell's tenancity and athleticism look like a great fit with what Utah is building.|
|14||MIAMI HEAT||Bam Adebayo||C||Kentucky||Uh...wut? Isn't Hasaan Whiteside their franchise player? There's plenty of options here with guys who would be a natural compliment, John Collins, Justin Patton, T.J. Leaf. Bam isn't. He's a nice prospect, but the fit here is super weird.|
|15||PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (to be traded to Sacramento Kings)||Justin Jackson||SF||North Carolina||A reasonably logical pick by the Sacramento Kings. Strange. He's likely the best wing available and has some nice glue guy potential. But they'd better hope that he's more of the jumpshooter that we saw last year than he was in his first two years at UNC.|
|16||CHICAGO BULLS (to be traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)||Justin Patton||PF||Creighton||Simply incredible that the Timberwolves got the Bulls to send them their pick along with Jimmy Butler. Patton is an interesting prospect with his size and potential versatility. Is he a better prospect than some of the other bigs available in John Collins, Ike Anigbogu, or Jarrett Allen? I don't really think so.|
|17||MILWAUKEE BUCKS||D.J. Wilson||PF||Michigan||With so much young talent, Milwaukee could have gone a lot of different ways with their pick. Wilson makes some sense in theory, especially if his shooting continues to improve. Taking long, athletic, bouncy players has worked well with Milwaukee so far. Might as well stick with it.|
|18||INDIANA PACERS||T.J. Leaf||PF||UCLA||If the Pacers are continuing with their goal of going with a fast paced, high octane squad then Leaf makes a lot of sense for the Pacers. He's a heck of a talented scorer. How will he compliment Myles Turner? Seems like they'd make a frontcourt pairing weak on rebounding and could overextend Turner defensively.|
|19||ATLANTA HAWKS||John Collins||PF||Wake Forest||Collins is a talented, versatile offensive player whose game has the look of what you think of with Atlanta Hawks Power Forward.|
|20||PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (to be traded to Sacramento Kings)||Harry Giles||C||Duke||Because three center prospects obviously aren't enough.|
|21||OKC THUNDER||Terrence Ferguson||SG||Adelaide||It's a swing for upside here and not an unreasonable spot for that. It would have been interesting to see OG Anunoby pair with his Hoosier alum Victor Oladiopo, but it's reasonable to prefer Ferguson with his likely greater potential as a shooter.|
|22||BROOKLYN NETS||Jarrett Allen||C||Texas||Allen was a bit of a drop, once figured pretty firmly as a lottery guy. And the fit with Brooklyn looks like a solid one. He should be a fun pick and roll partner to watch with D'Angelo Russell.|
|23||TORONTO RAPTORS||OG Anunoby||SF||Indiana||Anunoby seems to check the boxes on what the Raptors look for in their small forwards and they have time to wait for him to recover from his ACL injury. A nice pairing here.|
|24||UTAH JAZZ (to be traded to the Denver Nuggets)||Tyler Lydon||PF||Syracuse||The Nuggets avoided taking Donovan Mitchell and adding to their cluster at shooting guard by trading back to add two more power forwards to their cluster at that position. Weirdos.|
|25||ORLANDO MAGIC||Andzejs Pasecniks||C||Latvia||Really like this boom/bust pick for the Magic. They're already loaded with young talent, might as well buy a lottery ticket rather than a savings bond.|
|26||PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS||Caleb Swanigan||PF||Purdue||Talented and productive...but something still seems a little a little odd about this pick. Seems like all of their young big men (Collins, Nurkic, and now Swanigan) are all cut from the same cloth with their traditional back to the basket style.|
|27||BROOKLYN NETS (to LA Lakers)||Kyle Kuzma||PF||Utah||Has some nice traits, but pretty much seems like just another guy. But should fit nicely with the high pace stuff they've going there and has some glue guy capability. Still not a particularly exciting pick.|
|28||LA LAKERS (to Utah Jazz)||Tony Bradley||C||North Carolina||Interesting prospect with his size and length as a developing prospect behind Rudy Gobert...but isn't Ike Anigbogu better?|
|29||SAN ANTONIO SPURS||Derrick White||PG||Colorado||Second time in a row they've taken a point guard with their first pick, but both White and Dejounte Murray have the size, athleticism, and skillset to play off the ball as well. White can really shoot it, wouldn't be surprised to him to find his way on the court early at the two.|
|30||UTAH JAZZ (to LA Lakers)||Josh Hart||SG||Villanova||Hart has some nice polish and is another pick for LA that seems like he has some glue guy potential. Trying to attract Paul George, I guess it makes sense for them to go for another guy who might be able to contribute earlier. But I still think these folks are nuts passing on Anigbogu, especially as Ball's teammate and their weakness at center.|