The Detroit Pistons might not have a No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean the draft coverage stops at Detroit Bad Boys. We will have draft coverage highlighting players connected to the Pistons or players who we think might make sense for the Pistons at pick No. 42. All leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21. We’ll start it off with updates on some players mentioned here in the last several weeks, plus more.
Slowly but surely the NBA Draft is coming
We’re just about nine days away from having a more legitimate feel for who will be in the 2018 NBA Draft. There shouldn’t be too many surprises, though there will indeed be quite a few players that decide to return to college because they aren’t getting much positive feedback from NBA teams or aren’t guaranteed to be drafted in the first round. Some players know they aren’t quite ready to enter the NBA Draft, and just want to go through the workout and feedback process so they’ll have that valuable experience for next time.
May 30: NCAA withdrawal deadline
You may have seen that the NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 11, and that’s true. That date does not apply to college players considering returning to school. Players who want to maintain their NCAA eligibility have to withdraw their name by May 30.
Again, the NBA Draft is June 21st.
Kostas Antetokounmpo update
Back in late March I highlighted quite a bit about Kostas Antetokounmpo. Despite not getting much buzz during his first season of college basketball at Dayton, Kostas was invited to the NBA Combine.
Here’s a glimpse of one of his combine scrimmages over the weekend:
2018 NBA Draft Combine Scrimmage Highlights— NBA Draft God (@NBADraftGod) May 20, 2018
Freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo scored only 5 pts/game at Dayton & is almost 21, but the way he fills up the stat sheet is reminiscent of big bro, The Greek Freak. Someone will draft Kostas w hope that he develops.
Video: Frankie Vision pic.twitter.com/cB3ByaVfjD
Here’s Jonathan Givony’s thoughts, for what’s it’s worth:
Kostas Antetokounmpo has work to do on his body, skill/feel, but he's shown impressive flashes defensively switching, sliding and rotating for blocks. Has great feet and closeout speed. 9'2 standing reach is excellent for a NBA center even. Someone team will want to develop him.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
Kansas sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk turning heads in different ways
Earlier this month I was fairly high on Svi, and still am. However, apparently Svi has a negative wingspan, which means his wingspan is smaller than his height. Not fantastic news, yet the most important thing is that a good basketball player is a good basketball player. If they have enough skill, wingspan won’t be any big deal.
Svi Mykhailiuk came back with a negative wingspan- measured at nearly 6'8 with a 6'5 wingspan. This limits his already weak defensive upside. Likely a specialist at the NBA level— Mavs Draft (@MavsDraft) May 17, 2018
Some better news for Svi at the NBA Combine at least:
Six threes for Kansas' Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk today (game high 20 points). Showing some fight defensively as well. Negative two wingspan isn't ideal, but he's almost 6'8 in shoes and has turned himself into a much tougher and more well-rounded player. Still only 20 years old.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo coming to an NBA arena near you
For all you basketball fans out there who normally can’t be bothered by NCAA basketball (you’re missing out on some fun journeys!), the first time you saw Donte DiVincenzo play was during the NCAA Championship game. He scored a ton of points in that game and looked spectacular doing so. Lots of people made a huge deal out of it. Thing is, Donte was already known as a dangerous player for the past two seasons and on the NBA radar, but the tournament was a great showcase to more casual basketball watchers.
Now he’s continuing to impress against fellow hopeful NBA players.
(Warning: Michigan fans might want to skip this video if the wound is still too fresh)
But anyway, Red Head Nation in the NBA is about to get smoother and much more athletic. Word on the street (and the World Wide Web) is that DiVincenzo will enter the draft.
Not exactly going out on a limb
You know what’s going to happen? Neither Luka Dončić and DeAndre Ayton, the two supposed “top” players in the draft — and seemingly far and away better than all the other — will not end up being the best drafted in 2018. While both most likely will have excellent careers in the league, I believe there’s one or two other players that will have better careers.
So, who could it be?
Mo Bamba made 14 threes on the season, seems to have soft touch and might have more potential as a shooter than he demonstrated in college with @TexasMBB. He has good hands + will be able to space the floor vertically— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) May 17, 2018
Here he is working with @DrewHanlen leading up to the combine pic.twitter.com/w319GiG0EU
I also won’t sleep on Jaren Jackson Jr., even though Tom Izzo clearly did last season.
Who do you guys really like? Please let us know!