Pistons’ first pick: Last 20 players drafted 15th in NBA
Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.
Picking in the 15th spot in the NBA Draft means a team had one of the worst record among playoff qualifiers. And that comes with another issue – picking in the middle of the first round.
Although there are no guarantees in the draft, the lottery picks do offer some high-end talent. But NBA scouts have to pick through the leftovers from the lottery at No. 15. Such will be the case for the Pistons, who finished 41-41 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bucks.
That doesn’t mean the Pistons can’t hit the jackpot – and that was the case with No. 15 picks Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013. But it’s more likely that the Pistons will end up with a prospect who proves to be a solid rotational player.
Go through the gallery here for a look at the last 20 No. 15 picks in the draft and how they’ve fared in the NBA. Go here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery.