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Official DBB Big Board: Pistons need at PG leads them to Tyrese Haliburton at No. 5

There might be little sizzle to his game, but in a down year for the draft, a competent player like Haliburton might make sense. Will fans take a bigger swing at No. 6?

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The Detroit Pistons desperately need a point guard to help captain the rebuilding effort and get back to respectability. Tyrese Haliburton is a point guard. The fans selected Haliburton No. 5 on the Official Detroit Bad Boys Big Board for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Here’s a counterpoint, though. What if, in the end, Haliburton isn’t actually a point guard at all? He has the height, but I’m not sure he has the size and the strength to dictate the flow of the offense. He played off the ball an awful lot in college. He doesn’t get to the line. His defense might not translate at the pro level.

That’s the case against picking him so high. So what is the case for him? He can put the ball in the hoop and is an extremely high IQ player. He shot 50% from the floor, 42% from 3 and 82% from the line. That should count for something. You don’t have to reach back that far and look at how Malcolm Brogdon fit effortlessly in the NBA, achieving success at both guard positions for both the Bucks and the Pacers. Haliburton, to many, seems like a player who might no have the highest ceiling but the floor is extremely high. And a team that is simply desperate to add talent and to, frankly, not screw it up, could take Haliburton and sleep easily at night.

Still, the lack of elite athleticism and strength have turned me a bit off of Haliburton compared to some of the other, more dynamic players in the draft. Those players do have shooting issues which should not be overlooked, but I’m just not sure if it makes sense to hitch the wagon to Tyrese so high in the draft.

The next pick looks awfully interesting. It seems like it’s going to be a three-way race between Obi Toppin, James Wiseman and Aleksej Pokusevski. Poku is like a 180-degree turn from Hailburton while Wiseman would test this fan base’s tolerance for seven more years of a lottery big man to “build an offense around.” Toppin, meanwhile, is an athletic forward that might develop some three-level scoring skills.

The next vote will be open until 8 p.m. on Monday. If you are reading this and you don’t see the poll, you can view the poll by clicking the link from the DBB homepage, which bypasses Google Amp and Apple News layout restrictions.

Official Detroit Bad Boys Big Board

  1. Anthony Edwards
  2. Killian Hayes
  3. LaMelo Ball
  4. Deni Avdija
  5. Tyrese Haliburton
  6. ???

Poll

With the fifth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons should select ...

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Obi Toppin
    (21 votes)
  • 22%
    James Wiseman
    (31 votes)
  • 11%
    Onyeka Okongwu
    (16 votes)
  • 9%
    Isaac Okoro
    (13 votes)
  • 5%
    Kira Lewis Jr.
    (7 votes)
  • 7%
    Devin Vassell
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Aaron Nesmith
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Saddiq Bey
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Cole Anthony
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Patrick Williams
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Trey Jones
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    RJ Hampton
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Precious Achiuwa
    (1 vote)
  • 23%
    Aleksej Pokusevski
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Leandro Bolmaro
    (1 vote)
139 votes total Vote Now

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