2023 NBA Draft Profile


Detroit Pistons

2023 Draft Picks:

5, 31
2022-23 Season: 17-655th place, Central DivisionDid not qualify for Playoffs
5Ausar ThompsonG-FOvertime EliteUSA
31James NnajiCFC Barcelona (Spain)Nigeria
Acquired Marcus Sasser (No. 25) from BOS in exchange for James Nnaji (No. 31) (report)
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Pre-Draft Outlook

Good thing this category isn’t “Pre-Lottery Outlook.” A couple weeks ago, Detroit felt that suffering through the worst season of all 30 NBA teams would earn them something. If not the top pick (Victor Wembenyama) then the next player or two in line. Wrong. The Pistons slid to fifth, a nice spot by most teams’ standards but hardly what they had in mind. So much so that seeing them trade down or out of the first round would not be a surprise.

The Way To Go

Assuming the Pistons keep the No. 5 pick or even something a little later, a young team is going to get younger. Players who are showing up most frequently in that vicinity in early mock drafts include Villanova’s Cam Whitmore, Houston’s Jarace Walker and NBA G-Leaguer Amen Thompson. Detroit has a logjam of bigs and plenty of guards (assuming Cade Cunningham stays healthy this season) but didn’t really replace Saddiq Bey’s shooting-wing skillset after dealing him to Atlanta as a part of the James Wiseman trade.

— Steve Aschburner

Here’s a quick look at who the Detroit Pistons have under contract, who is a free agent this summer and who they added in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Under Contract

G: Cade Cunningham
G: Killian Hayes
G: R.J. Hampton
G: Jaden Ivey
F: Marvin Bagley III
F: Bojan Bogadnovic
F/C: Isaiah Stewart
C: Jalen Duren
C: James Wiseman

Free Agents

G: Alec Burks (team option)
G: Hamidou Diallo (unrestricted)
G: Cory Joseph (unrestricted)
G: Rodney McGruder (unrestricted)
G: Jared Rhoden (two-way)
F: Buddy Boeheim (two-way)
F: Isaiah Livers (team option)
F: Eugene Omoruyi (team option)
2023 Free Agent Tracker

Last Year’s Draft

2022: Jaden Ivey (5), Jalen Duren (13)*, Gabriele Procida (36)*, Ismael Kamagate (46)**

* = acquired via trade
** = traded in draft-night deal
*** = traded in offseason deal