Detroit Pistons: Best Draft Picks Of The Last 20 Years

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Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia) walks off stage after being selected as the number eight overall pick to the Detroit Pistons during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons might not have a pick in the opening round of this year’s draft, but there’s still plenty of reason for optimism in the Motor City. With the addition of Stan Van Gundy as the chief decision-maker for the Pistons, there’s a feeling among fans and analysts around the NBA that the team could be turning back in the right direction.

The 38th pick in this draft might not be the next big step forward, but the Pistons have found some real steals deep in the draft before, and who knows what could happen this time around.

Only time will tell how the 38th pick of the 2014 Draft will fare in the NBA, but in the mean time, let’s take a look at some of the Pistons best draft picks from the past two decades.

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  • Brian Roberts

    While Dumars was criticized for his drafting, he had a lot of success with his second rounders, only not with Detroit. Afflalo, Okur, Budinger, Cardinal, Amir Johnson, all went in to have very good careers. Compare that to the rest of the league during that time.

    • Adam McGee

      Agree completely, Brian (although Afflalo was a late first-rounder). It’s a real pity so many of those guys were moved on so quickly though.

      I actually wrote a piece about Pistons second-rounders a couple of weeks ago!
      http://hoopshabit.com/2014/06/10/detroit-pistons-key-2nd-rounders-team-history/3/

      I talked about Okur, but also Kyle Singler, another Dumars second-rounder who looks like he could be around the league for a long time.