2. Bruno Fernando
I wanted to put a point guard on this list, because I’m not convinced that Reggie Jackson is going to be able to replicate his play from last year, and I’m not sure Bruce Brown Jr. is going to be the future.
With no players that are likely to be on the board, I went after a center to back up Drummond that has some spring in his step to provide some athleticism off the bench. Bruno Fernando’s highlight reel is littered with lob dunks and impressive put-backs, and he wasn’t bad at blocking shots either.
Fernando blocked 1.9 shots per game last season, and he was efficient on offense with a 60.7 percent mark from the field. He also had a 65.3 percent true shooting mark. If Fernando develops slightly in the NBA but doesn’t reach his ceiling, he can still be a replacement for Drummond when his contract expires. He put up impressive rebounding numbers, as he averaged a double-double with 10.6 rebounds per game.
Fernando is never going to be the type of stretch-5, ball-handling center that you’d get with a guy like Bol Bol, but he can be a rim protector that can roll on the offensive end. He’s similar to DeAndre Jordan in that aspect. He shouldn’t be the top option for the Pistons at 15, but he can be a solid backup plan that can contribute for years to come.