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2020 NBA Draft: DBB Big Board 2.0 sees surge in support for Patrick Williams, Killian Hayes

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A new approach to building an NBA Draft Big Board

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The internet is awash in NBA mock drafts and big boards as we are hours away from the 2020 NBA Draft tonight. But what do the fans think and, more specifically, what do Pistons fans think?

We originally asked that question months ago in a series of daily polls to figure out who the Pistons should pick at No. 7. In exploring a more dynamic way to collect the information we added a few new wrinkles during this odd NBA hiatus.

We had the DBB staff members submit their own draft boards and aggregated the results into a final listing of who the best players are for Detroit. Next, we asked fans to contribute to a crowd-sourcing project to help build a fan-created big board.

Fans were shown two prospects from the NBA Draft and simply had to pick which of the two was the better prospect. Once they voted, they’d see two new names and do that over and over.

And fans did it. Over and over. Again and again, to the tune of more than 54,000 votes.

Based on current consensus and the previous DBB Big Board the biggest winner was Patrick Williams, who didn’t make the original top 8 but now holds down the fifth spot overall. The biggest lower was Aleksej Pokusevski who popped up at No. 6 on the original but fell to No. 15 in Big Board 2.0. Hayes is a longtime fan favorite among DBB readers and staff, but he seems to be tumbling a bit on mock drafts into the 10-12 range.

Here are the full results:

Detroit Bad Boys Big Board 2.0 — Voted on by the fans

  1. Anthony Edwards
  2. LaMelo Ball
  3. Killian Hayes
  4. James Wiseman
  5. Patrick Williams
  6. Onyeka Okongwu
  7. Deni Avdija
  8. Tyrese Haliburton
  9. Isaac Okoro
  10. Obi Toppin
  11. RJ Hampton
  12. Devin Vassell
  13. Kira Lewis
  14. Tyrese Maxey
  15. Aleksej Pokusevski
  16. Cole Anthony
  17. Aaron Nesmith
  18. Saddiq Bey
  19. Precious Achiuwa
  20. Tyrell Terry
  21. Cassius Winston
  22. Jalen Smith
  23. Jaden McDaniels
  24. Desmond Bane
  25. Tre Jones
  26. Devon Dotson
  27. Theo Maledon
  28. Tyler Bey
  29. Josh Green
  30. Daniel Oturu
  31. Paul Reed
  32. Nico Mannion
  33. Leandro Bolmaro
  34. Isaiah Stewart
  35. Vernon Carey
  36. Cassius Stanley
  37. Immanuel Quickley
  38. Grant Riller
  39. Malachi Flynn
  40. Jahmius Ramsey
  41. Udoka Azubuike
  42. Isaiah Joe
  43. Zeke Nnaji
  44. Elijah Hughes
  45. Payton Pritchard
  46. Jordan Nwora
  47. Reggie Perry
  48. CJ Elleby
  49. Nate Hinton
  50. Ashton Hagans
  51. Karim Mane

Doe anything stand out to you as a surprise? At first blush, I’m going to say our loyal voters are greatly underselling the prospects sitting in the 34-44 range. Stewart, Carey, Quickley, Flynn, Joe, Nnaji and Hughes are all prospects it seems like it is worth keeping an eye on.

And if this is how the first round actually played out, I’d say it’s important for the Pistons to trade back into the second round and scoop up one of these players.