Rating Detroit’s top 5 draft picks

After the Nba Lottery wrapped up a few of weeks ago, a couple of names keep recurring. One of them is the Piston’s newest addition, Jaden Ivey. Ivey was drafted 5th of the NBA draft and, in numerous reports, labeled as “explosive” and could be the key for this young team. Since their rebuild during 2020 and acquiring Cade Cunningham in the 2021 draft, this team is looking more promising. This season could look different and give Michigan fans something to look for this year.

In the 81 years, the Pistons have been a franchise, they have had their fair share of draft picks, good and bad.

Looking back on some of the previous drafts, the Pistons have had some real talent within their picks, and these are some of what I believe to be the top draft picks for Detroit.

1. Isiah Thomas

There could be multiple reasons why Isaiah Thomas is first on the list. This goes without saying for the legendary Piston player. The No.2 pick from the 1982 draft was selected from Indiana. He is the franchise leader in points steals, assist steals, free throws, and even minutes played. It goes without saying he was one of the faces of the Pistons franchise and the “Bad Boys” era leading the Pistons towards two NBA championship titles. Thomas was a 12-time All-Star, 1985 Assists Champion, a three-time MVP, as well as two All-Star Game MVPs and one Finals MVP. He played his entire 13-year career with the Pistons averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 9.3 assists, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. 

2. Joe Dumars

Joe Dumars is another legendary player, holding franchise records and contributing so much to the Pistons. Being the 18th pick in the 1985 draft, he was part of the team’s backcourt, helping the Pistons in their back-to-back championship. He was also a six-time All-Star and named to the All-Defensive team five times, and also holds the franchise all-time 3-point record. One of his most undocumented achievements was being one of the only people in the league who could guard Michael Jordan, even getting praise from Jordan as an all-time defender. During his time as the Detroit Pistons’ president of basketball operations or known as the “Joe Dumar era,” he is credited with putting together the Pistons’ 2004 championship team. He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2003 for returning the Pistons to a better state. It goes without saying he was a hall of Famer and was inducted in 2006.

3. Dennis Rodman “The Worm”

In third comes Dennis Rodman. It was always said that Detroit never knew how good Rodman would even be when he was the 27th overall pick in 1986. He skyrocketed past expectations to become one of the best rebounding machines in NBA history. Another face of the piston’s “Bad Boys,” He spent seven seasons in Detroit and contributed to the Piston’s back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. He played various key roles for the Pistons and won both of his Defensive Player of the Year awards with the Pistons in 1990 and 1991. He also made two All-Star appearances. Within his seven seasons with Detroit, He averaged 8.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in 549 games. He also earned two defensive players of the year awards. Rodman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

4. Bob Lanier

The Hall of Fame center deserves to be on the list for numerous reasons. Bob Lanier was drafted No.1 in 1970 and played for Detroit under multiple different head coaches all the way until 1980. If anyone knows basketball, the ’70s were a difficult time for the NBA. Some call it the “The Lost Years” during this period due to the plethora of problems they endured. No matter the circumstances, Lanier contributed amazing numbers in Detroit. The 6-foot-11 center averaged a steady 22.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in his 9 ½ seasons with the Pistons. Despite the lack of playoff success, he made seven of his eight All-Star selections as a Piston. He was also inducted into the hall of fame in 1992.

5. Grant Hill

When Grant Hill made his appearance in the league, he made an immediate impact. Being the No.3 pick in the draft, he came into the league with energy and explosiveness. Hill has an achievement that may not be as impressive as the others but is extremely rare. He belongs to a small list of individuals who ever won Co-rookie of the year, tieing against Jason Kidd. With his skill and size of 6-foot-8, he was truly unique. He played six seasons in Detroit, where he put up an average of 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in 435 games. He was constantly being compared to Michael Jordan of his dominant play style. Hill was also a triple-double machine before the term became so common. However, his career became a roller coaster of emotions with an Ankle injury in the playoffs of the 1999-2000 season. One of the biggest NBA’s what-if players were robbed of their true potential is His continual battles to play through multiple injuries. Hill went down in history for being one of those unique players who changed the game and got inducted into the hall of fame in 2008.


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