The Detroit Pistons traded into the second round to select long-limbed point guard Saben Lee out of Vanderbilt.
Lee is a project who has intriguing size including a massive 6-foot-9 wingspan to go with great speed up and down the floor and enough ball handling and body control to live inside the paint.
He is a true Troy Weaver kind of player — super athletic, huge wingspan that hints at big time defensive potential on the perimeter and an insane athlete that can get up and down the floor and play above the rim despite standing at just 6-foot-2.
He needs his shot overhauled, but I guess for a team that was entertaining drafting LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton, grabbing a player that needs his shot fixed should be no surprise.
Lee hit 75% from the line so there is some promise in his overall shot, but his mechanics are a mess and he hit just 32% of his threes in his junior year at Vanderbilt.
But the story of his game is really inside the paint. He made a shade under 55% of his two-point shots and most of that came close to the basket. He also got to the line at an absurd rate — especially for a player defenses keyed in on in a struggling offense.
Lee shot more than six free-throws a game and had an absurd 49.8% free-throw rate. That was nothing compared to his 71.3% free-throw rate during his sophomore year.
All in, Lee averaged 18.6 points , 4.2 assists and, thanks to those long arms, 1.5 steals per game.