GM Troy Weaver only made one small trade to clear up 8 million dollars worth in cap space. Detroit sent Mason Plumlee and the 37th pick to Charlotte. In exchange for the 57th pick in the draft.
While Weaver did not make a big trade to get back into the first round. As most were anticipating for him to do. Weaver made a great selection with number one pick by selecting Cade Cunningham. But a Weaver also drafted some steals in the second round as well. So let’s discuss who did Troy Weaver select in the draft and my post draft report card.
Who did the Pistons take in the draft?
The Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the number one pick. Cunningham is the most complete player in this years draft. Cunningham can shoot and defend the ball at a high level. His best aspect to his game is during crunch time. Cunningham scored the most clutch points in the entire nation last year with 103 clutch points. The Pistons haven’t had a player who can score in crunch time in a long time. He is going to be making a major impact on the team going forward.
Not only did Weaver make a great selection with Cunningham. But he also drafted three elite players in the latter half of the second round.
The first player Weaver drafted in the second round with the 42nd pick was Isaiah Livers. Livers played his college ball at the University of Michigan for three seasons. The best part of Livers game is three-point shooting. Livers had the 8th best three-point percentage in the Big Ten. He was averaging 43.1% from three point land. Livers would be a great boost coming off the bench next year for the Pistons. He can join the second-unit along side Josh Jackson and Frank Jackson.
In the second round, the Pistons drafted Luka Garza from Iowa with the 52nd pick. Last season, Garza was named the Naismith Player of the Year. Garza elite offensively, because of his ability to use his strength to score down in the paint. An idea I had for Head Coach Dwane Casey was to have Garza play for the Motor City Cruise throughout the season. The Cruise is the Pistons new G-League team that will be playing at the new basketball arena at Wayne State University. It allows Garza to get playing time. Also to allow him to work on his strengths and weaknesses. Garza could end up being a steal in the draft if he works on his defense.
The last player the Pistons drafted in the second round with the 57th pick was Balsa Koprivica from Florida State. The Pistons got the pick due to the Mason Plumlee deal. The best part of his game is his rim protecting ability. Koprivia 7 ft wing span allows him to block shots like there’s not tomorrow. I can see the Pistons having him play for the Cruise for most of the season just like Garaza.
Report Card Grade: A
For last nights draft, I gave GM Troy Weaver and the organization an A. Yes, Weaver did an incredible job by selecting at number one and getting steals in the second round.
The reason why I gave an A and not an A+ is because I thought Weaver was going to use those second round picks to get back into the end of the first round. If Weaver some how got his hands on a player like James Bouknight, Nah’ Shon Hyland, or Josh Christopher. Then, I would have given him an A+.
But overall, Troy Weaver and the Pistons should get a lot of credit. The organization did the dirty work last year by ripping apart the roster and build it back from the ground up. Now it’s for the Pistons to continue to build off this draft throughout free agency and beyond.