Pistons draft picks: 10 biggest misses

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Darko Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 96 games with the Pistons.

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Getting picks right in the NBA Draft is no exact science. There are going to be some big hits and a few more misses during any span.

For the Pistons, there’s a mixed bag, with some success in the past 30 years but certainly some picks they wish they could do over.

Before 1988, there were seven rounds to the NBA Draft and that shrunk to three rounds in 1989. Since then, there have been just two rounds in each draft. It would be easy to call any seventh-round pick who never played a minute a miss, but for the sake of argument, considered just first- and second-round picks for this exercise.

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Despite some resistance from current Pistons fans, the past three drafts will not be considered as Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard have not — nor have others in their draft classes — gotten to the point where definitive declarations can be made about their success or shortcoming.

At least not yet.

Here’s a look at the 10 biggest draft misses in Pistons franchise history.