Last night the Detroit Pistons won the right to the first overall selection in this years NBA Draft Lottery. It will be the first time the Pistons will select first since 1970 when they selected Bill Lambier.
The general consensus is that the Pistons will select Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham.
Cunningham has a ton of talent and should be an immediate contributor to the young up and coming Pistons squad. The Pistons had two players make the All-Rookie team while players such as Jerami Grant became a star scorer in his own right.
Let’s take a look at how the team may line up next season assuming Cunningham is in the mix.
Detroit Pistons Potential Lineup
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team|
|Point Guard||Killian Hayes|
6.8 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 5.3 Ast
5.6 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 3.6 Ast
|Shooting Guard||Cade Cunningham*|
20.1 Pts, 6.2 Reb, 3.5 Ast
8.2 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 3.4 Ast
|Small Forward||Saddiq Bey|
12.2 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1.4 Ast
13.4 Pts, 4.1 Reb, 2.3 Ast
|Power Forward||Jerami Grant|
22.3 Pts, 4.6 Reb, 2.8 Ast
5.1 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.8 Ast
10.4 Pts, 9.3 Reb, 3.6 Ast
7.9 Pts, 6.7 Reb, 0.9 Ast
This potential two-deep roster for the Pistons features seven players under the age of 24 making them one of the teams to watch out for this coming season. With a few years playing together, this squad could easily be a contender, much like this year’s Phoenix Suns.
At Point Guard, you have two facilitators that can really dish it. Both Hayes and Lee were rookies last season and both showed growth and progress throughout the season. Hayes was the seventh overall selection in last years draft.
At the two guard, you will have Cunningham playing the bulk of the minutes. He had shown the ability to score or create in a number of different ways, both on and off the ball. He can be a true weapon for this team for years to come and a future star in this league. Joseph at the back up is a great combo guard that can run the point and is a terrific penetrating scorer. A very valuable bench piece. He does however have a $12+million cap hit that is not guaranteed, making him an expendable piece if the team is short on funds.
At the small forward position you have two guys that can score in bunches. Saddiq Bey made the First Team All Rookie squad, showing a great stroke from three. Josh Jackson is a former third overall pick and is still improving his game and has great scoring ability, especially off the bench.
Jerami Grant will play the other forward spot and really broke out last year with a career high 22.3 PPG. His ability to score inside and out is invaluable to this squad. Sekou Doumboya was the Pistons first round choice last year and is a very athletic player that is still growing his game.
At center you can have Mason Plumlee and Isaiah Stewart each play about half of the game and get great production. At this point, Plumlee is the better offensive option that can rebound and dish out assists from down low. Stewart made the Second All Rookie Team last season and proved to be an outstanding defender down-low that could hit a three when left open, making .333 percent of his shots from long range.
An Exciting Future
Overall, this team looks to be headed in the right direction. If most of these players improve on their already impressive young careers, the Pistons can contend for the Eastern Conference in a few short years.