Troy Weaver and the Detroit Pistons were extremely active during Wednesday night’s NBA Draft. Weaver, in his first draft as general manager, made multiple trades to secure two additional draft selections in the top-40 to go along with his No. 7 overall pick.
When the night came to a close, the Pistons came away with Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart, Saddiq Bey, and Saben Lee. Pistons fans also had to say goodbye to one of their favorite players, and the last draft pick from the Stan Van Gundy era, in Luke Kennard.
Hayes is a point guard from France, who #PistonsTwitter had been in love with for months. Known as a high-character guy, this fits exactly what Weaver said he looks for in draft prospects. Hayes is also close with fellow Frenchmen and Pistons draft pick Sekou Doumbouya. Doumbouya struggled to adjust to life in the United States last year, so having Hayes should help both of them in that process.
Stewart is a 6-foot-9 big man with a 7-foot-4 wingspan from Washington. Extremely strong and physical player, Stewart was also reportedly tremendous in the interviewing process and a high-character guy. Again, Weaver is a man of his word.
Bey is a 6-fooot-8 forward from Villonova. Many mock drafts had Bey being picked much higher than where he was selected (19th), so the Pistons swooped in and picked him up when they saw him slipping. This was the pick received in return for Kennard.
Lee is 6-foot-2 guard from Vanderbilt. The Pistons reportedly had Lee graded as a first-round pick and swooped in once they saw him sliding. Jay Bilas loved the pick for the Pistons, calling him a “athletic score-first point guard.”
In this video, we discuss the selections made by the Pistons, how this reveals what Weaver’s vision is for this franchise, and a live reaction to the freshly reported Pistons trade!
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