Welcome to the Detroit Bad Boys Big Board 2.0! For years, Detroit Bad Boys has worked to collect input from the loyal community of fans to help build a Big Board as each NBA Draft approaches. This gives diehard Pistons fans a voice as their favorite team endeavors to not screw up another pick, and by creating an entire big board, it eliminates just locking in on one player and also accounts for a team trading up or down on the draft board.
It’s not a perfect process, however, and so as the longest offseason stretches toward its inevitable close and the NBA Draft is less than a week away, we’re going to build a new, better draft board in a new, better way.
Using a simple head-to-head matchup tool, all you have to do is vote which of two players is the better prospect. The more times you vote, the better the rankings get. Some will be easy — Onyeka Okongwu vs. Ashton Hagans, for example (no offense, Ashton). Some will be more difficult — Cole Anthony vs. Tyrese Maxey — and every combination in between.
On the eve of draft night, I’ll release the final results and see what kind of NBA Draft Board the fan community has built. You can start voting by visiting allourideas.org/dbbNBAdraftboard.
But that’s not all. I’ve also enlisted the writers at DBB to build their own first-round NBA Draft Big Boards, and we will be releasing those rankings in the next few days.
But what about the Detroit Bad Boys Big Board 1.0?
Let’s dust that off and see how we did. I’m sure several fans would like to change some votes or rearrange the board slightly.
The top three vote-getters were Anthony Edwards, Killian Hayes and LaMelo Ball. With Detroit picking No. 7, there is a chance all three players will be off the board. If that’s the case, the 4-8 ranking was Deni Avdija, Tyrese Haliburton, Aleksej Pokusevski, James Wiseman and Devin Vassell.
Maybe those rankings need to be updated or maybe the Pistons will manage to trade further down into the first round and we need to account with additional player rankings.
It’s incredibly easy, and because you are only picking between two options at a time, you don’t have to torture yourself about who belongs at No. 11 and who belongs at No. 12.
Let’s have some fun, and please dive in and start voting. We want to look back at this a year from now and know that DBB had the perfect draft board.