2022 NBA Draft Profile


Detroit Pistons

2022 Draft Picks:

5, 46
2021-22 Season: 23-595th place, Central DivisionDid not qualify for Playoffs
5Jaden IveyGPurdueUnited States
46Ismael KamagateCParis Basketball (France)France
Acquired Jalen Duren (No. 13) from NYK
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Acquired Gabriele Procida (No. 36) from POR in exchange for Ismael Kamagate (No. 46)

Pre-Draft Outlook  

The Pistons’ 2021-22 season was more than a little confounding. They brought back a core of young players who had taken their rookie lumps in 2020-21. They added the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft. They still had some veterans around such as Jerami Grant and Cory Joseph to plug leaks and mentor. And yet they improved by a grand .002 (.278 to .280) in winning percentage. At that rate of progress, that’s how some students end up taking nine years for their college degrees. Detroit has to decide if adding another youngster will mean more glacier-like growth or if it would get them to critical mass for a good-sized leap. 

A Stat That Matters 

7.8 The Pistons were the league’s most improved team after the All-Star break, 7.8 points per 100 possessions better than they were before the break (minus-2.2 vs. minus-10.0). 

The Way To Go

A wing to partner in the backcourt with last year’s prize, Cade Cunningham, is an apparent want of the Pistons. They could use a traditional forward, too, both to play alongside or as a replacement for Grant, if GM Troy Weaver can find appealing trade packages. A full-fledged center via draft or trade might make sense, too, given Isaiah Stewart’s undersized challenges. But for now, names mentioned at No. 5 include Kentucky wing Shaedon Sharpe, Purdue guard Jaden Ivey and Iowa forward Keegan Murray. 

Under Contract 

G: Cade Cunningham
G: Carsen Edwards
G: Killian Hayes
G: Saben Lee
F: Saddiq Bey
F: Jerami Grant
F: Braxton Key
F: Isaiah Livers
F/C: Kelly Olynyk
F/C: Isaiah Stewart 

Free Agents  

G: Hamidou Diallo (team option)
G: Frank Jackson (team option)
G: Cory Joseph (player option)
G: Rodney McGruder (unrestricted)
F: Marvin Bagley III (restricted)
F: Jamorko Pickett (restricted)
C: Luka Garza (team option)
2022 Free Agent Tracker 

Last year’s Draft

2021: Cade Cunningham (1), JT Thor (37), Isaiah Livers (42), Luka Garza (52)  

 — Steve Aschburner