5. Grant Williams
Grant Williams is listed as a power forward by the college standards, but at just 6’7.5,” he’ll likely slot into the small forward spot in the NBA. What Williams lacks in shooting, he makes up for with his defensive and slashing ability. His size and athleticism allow him to get to the basket on cuts, and he is also an extremely smart player when moving the ball, as he averaged 3.6 assists per game despite not being the primary ball-handler.
Most Pistons fans are going to see this and assume that Williams is just Stanley Johnson 2.0, but, if you look deeper, you’ll see there might be more substance here. Williams was a three-year starter at Tennessee, and he helped develop the culture of that team into being one of the top programs in the country this past season. His true shooting percentage of 64.6 ranked fourth in the SEC, with none of the players above him having as high of a usage percentage.
Williams’ major weaknesses are in the realm of rebounding, which will be made up for by the skills of Drummond and Griffin. He’ll need to work on his 3-point stroke, but he can still carve out a nice role for himself if he doesn’t. Getting a guy that averaged 18.8 points per game in the middle of the first round who could start from Day 1 would be a great pickup by the Pistons.