Pistons’ first pick: Last 20 players drafted 15th in NBA

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

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.

Kawhi Leonard, left, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, both were No. 15 picks in the NBA Draft.

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.


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