NBA Draft recap: Pistons go boom-or-bust at 15

Eric Coughlin
The Detroit News
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, poses for photographs with Sekou Doumbouya, of France, after the Detroit Pistons selected him as the 15th pick overall.


1. New Orleans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke: As expected, Williamson becomes the third Duke player to be picked first overall, joining Elton Brand and Kyrie Irving. The new face of the Pelicans, Williamson is known for being a good teammate.

2. Memphis: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State: Morant came out of nowhere to become the best passer in college basketball last season. He led the country in turnovers, but Morant is an 80 percent free throw shooter.

3. New York: R.J. Barrett, G, Duke: After leading the ACC in scoring, Barrett became the latest savior to the downtrodden Knicks franchise. He's an underrated rebounder that can get to the free throw line.

4. Atlanta: De'Andre Hunter, F, Virginia: The Hawks acquired this pick through the Pelicans and Lakers. A versatile defender, Hunter has an excellent shooting touch.

5. Cleveland: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt: Garland becomes new coach John Beilein's first draft pick, joining a back-court with Collin Sexton. He averaged 16.2 points per game at last season.

6. Minnesota: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech: Acquired via trade with Phoenix, Culver had a hand in knocking Michigan and Michigan State out of 2019's NCAA Tournament. He's versatile defensively and averaged 18 points per game.

7. Chicago: Coby White, PG, North Carolina: White joins the youngest squad in the NBA. He averaged 16 points per game and 4.1 assists last season with elite end-to-end speed.

8. New Orleans: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas: Joining Williamson in New Orleans via trade with the Hawks, Hayes averaged 10 points per game last season, giving the Pelicans a potent and athletic front-court. He lives above the rim and has good feet.

9. Washington: Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga: Hachimura is the first Japanese player to be drafted in the first round. He averaged about 20 points per game last season and joins a Wizards team that just had its worst season since 2012-'13.

10. Atlanta: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke: The third Duke player picked, Reddish has tons of talent and a massive wingspan. Consistency is an issue as Reddish seemed to disappear at times last season, but he's relatively young.

11. Phoenix: Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina: Johnson was acquired via trade with Minnesota. He shot almost 46 percent beyond the arc last season and has a decent mid-range game.

12. Charlotte: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky: Another lottery pick out of Kentucky, Washington benefited greatly from a sophomore season. He can post up and possesses crafty moves around the basket.

13. Miami: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky: With a good jumper and an expanding game off the bounce, Herro garnered attention from teams drafting in the top-20. He’s one of the best outside scorers in the draft and at only 19-years old Herro hasn’t begun to scratch the surface of his potential. In one season at Kentucky, Herro averaged 14 points per game.

14. Boston: Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana: Langford was the final lottery pick and joins a team that will likely be without Kyrie Irving moving forward. His season at Indiana was slightly disappointing, but he was hampered by a thumb injury.

15. Detroit: Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France: The Pistons get a 6-foot-9 forward with a seven-foot wingspan. He's only 18 and has shown recent shooting improvement. Doumbouya has a lot of upside and already possesses NBA athleticism. It's a risky pick--he's a project, but if Detroit gets lucky with Doumbouya it could have a superstar on its hands.

16. Orlando: Chuma Okeke, PF, Auburn: Okeke is a versatile defender but was injured during the NCAA tournament. He can space the floor offensively and has a strong feel for the game.

17. New Orleans: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech: Alexander-Walker has a good skill-set for a perimeter player. He can shoot and pass, has good size and defends well. His handle isn’t elite, but Alexander-Walker will make a solid complementary piece. The Pelicans acquired this pick via trade with Brooklyn and Atlanta.

18. Indiana: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia (Europe): Maybe the best center in the draft, Bitadze could have instant impact. He was expected to be picked between 10 and 20 because of an excellent season across the pond combined with size, big-man skills and an expanding range. Bitazde isn’t afraid to get physical but isn’t considered a great defender.

19. San Antonio: Luka Samanic, PF, Croatia: Samanic has good size for a forward and a lot skill for a 19-year old. The former soccer player can stretch the floor and play a variety of positions. He’s capable of making plays on the perimeter but needs to get stronger to develop into an NBA starter. Samanic is 6-foot-11 and very skilled for that size. The Spurs have a history of drafting international stars, and Samanic seems to be the next in line.

20. Philadelphia: Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington: Acquired via trade from Boston, Thybulle is considered an elite defender. 6-foot-5 with long arms, Thybulle is a surprisingly good shot blocker.

21. Memphis: Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga: Defense, a solid transition game and athleticism are considered Clarke’s strengths. He averaged a very efficient 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game at Gonzaga after transferring from San Jose State. At. 22 years-old he’s closer to his full potential than is ideal for a rookie, but there’s no arguing with Clarke’s production. Memphis acquired him via trade with Oklahoma City.

22. Boston: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee: Williams averaged 18.8 points per game last season and has become a plus defender. He has good hands and finishes well around the rim.

23. Oklahoma City: Darius Bazley, SF, Princeton High School: Generating a ton of buzz over the past couple days, Bazley showed solid physical development at the combine after sitting out a year. Bazley is smooth and athletic with good defensive versatility. If he continues developing physically it will overshadow his lack of collegiate experience. The Thunder acquired Bazley via trade with Utah.

24. Phoenix: Ty Jerome, PG, Virginia: The Suns acquired Jerome via trade with the 76ers and Celtics. He led the ACC in assists last season and is creative around the basket.

25. Portland: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina: Little dropped after being considered by many a top-15 pick. He's physical, excellent in transition and plays good defense, but he only played 18 minutes per game last season.   

26. Cleveland: Dylan Windler, SF, Belmont: Beilein picked up a lefty, efficient shooter at 26. Windler draws comparisons to Kyle Korver but doesn't have great wingspan.

27. L.A. Clippers: Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State: Kabengele is the nephew of former NBAer Dikembe Mutombo and has a 7-foot-3 wingspan. He blocks nearly three shots per 40 minutes and helped Florida State become a contender last season. The Clippers acquired Kabengele via trade with Brooklyn.

28. Golden State: Jordan Poole, SG, Michigan: Poole has generated solid buzz with quality pre-draft workouts, but a mildly disappointing sophomore season deflated his stock versus a year ago. He’ll go as far as his jump shot and decision-making will take him. If Poole puts it all together at some point, he could be a starting member of an NBA backcourt, and his shoot-from-anywhere mentality is a perfect fit for the Warriors.

29. San Antonio: Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky: Johnson is an attacking, competitive wing. He's a good athlete but not a great one that at least stays in front of his man on defense.

30. Cleveland: Kevin Porter Jr., SG, Southern California: Acquired via trade with Milwaukee and Detroit, Porter Jr. is a talented shot-creator that's very smooth in transition. He has defensive potential but is hampered by maturity issues. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Cavaliers sent four likely future second-round picks and cash to the Pistons for Porter Jr.


31. Brooklyn: Nicolas Claxton, C, Georgia

32. Miami: KZ Opala, SF, Stanford

33. Boston: Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue

34. Philadelphia: Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland: Rebounding is Fernando’s calling card. He averaged 13.6 points per game in his sophomore season before declaring for the draft but isn’t considered offensively skilled. Fernando might never be a ball-handler, but he’s physically ready to bang with other NBA big men.

35. New Orleans: Marcos Louzada Silva, SF, Brazil

36. Charlotte: Cody Martin, SF, Nevada

37. Detroit: Deividas Sirvydis, SF, Lithuania: Sirvydis is a 6-foot-9 lefty with floor-spacing capabilities. He's thin at 193 pounds but has a good feel for the game and can shoot. Sirvydis is reportedly open to coming to the U.S. right away. 

38. Chicago: Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas

39. Golden State: Alen Smailagic, C, Santa Cruz (G League)

40. Sacramento: Justin James, SG, Wyoming

41. Golden State: Eric Paschall, PF, Villanova

42. Washington: Admiral Schofield, SF, Tennessee

43. Minnesota: Jaylen Nowell, SG, Washington

44. Denver: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

45. Detroit: Isaiah Roby, PF, Nebraska: After performing well at the combine, Roby saw his draft stock rise. His athleticism along with his length make him an above average defender, plus he can handle the ball. Roby needs to commit to being more physical--he will benefit from an NBA weight room.

46. L.A. Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State

47. New York: Ignas Brazdeikis, PF, Michigan: Brazdeikis averaged 14.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds per game last season. The Big Ten Freshman of The Year faded toward the end of the season but is the first Michigan freshman drafted since Jamal Crawford in 2000. He's a good scorer and versatile offensively, but he lacks lateral quickness.  

48. L.A. Clippers: Terance Mann, SF, Florida State

49. San Antonio: Quinndary Weatherspoon, SG, Mississippi State

50. Indiana: Jarrell Brantley, PF, Charleston

51. Boston: Tremont Waters, PG, Louisiana State

52. Charlotte: Jalen McDaniels, PF, San Diego State

53. Utah: Justin Wright-Foreman, PG, Hofstra

54. Philadelphia: Marial Shayok, SF, Iowa State

55. New York: Kyle Guy, PG, Virginia

56. Brooklyn: Jaylen Hands, PG, UCLA

57. Detroit: Jordan Bone, PG, Tennessee: Elite athleticism had Bone a second round prospect. The court vision is there, and Bone can create and get to the rim. He's a streaky shooter, only had one good season in college, has a questionable motor, and is only an average defender. The Pistons get a lottery ticket at 57 with Bone--unlikely to become a contributor but potential exists. 

58. Golden State: Miye Oni, SG, Yale

59. Toronto: Dewan Hernandez, C, Miami

60. Sacramento: Vanja Marinkovic, SG, Serbia


When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Format: Two rounds


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