The NBA Draft is almost here and Detroit Pistons fans will get a much better sense of the direction of their favorite team once the dust settles and the 58th pick is made. Right now, the Pistons pick fifth overall, but all eyes are actually on the Sacramento Kings and pick four. Who will they take? Will they trade it? Could Detroit be convinced to move up just one spot in order to grab their preferred player? Who do they prefer? So many questions. But we’ll answer some easier questions before we get to the more existential stuff.
NBA Draft Vitals
When: Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Watch: ABC, ESPN and ESPN App
Watch the DBB Live Draft Show
Members of the Detroit Bad Boys staff will be jumping onto the Motor City Hoops YouTube channel to discuss the NBA Draft in real time and probably get pretty silly while we do it. There will be some revolving guests, but most will be on hand during the entire lottery.
You can read the details here.
NBA Draft Odds
As of publication, the current odds courtesy of DraftKings have the picks falling as such: Jarbari Smith Jr. (-250), Chet Holmgren (-220), Paolo Banchero (-350), Jaden Ivey (-155) and the Pistons’ fifth pick is being treated as nearly a toss-up. Current odds are tight between Keegan Murray (+135), Jaden Ivey and Bennedict Mathurin (+175).
There has been significant movement in Mathurin’s direction in the past several days, but nobody is feeling terribly confident about what the Pistons will do. There is also some reporting to indicate that if the Kings can’t find a deal to their liking they might take their preferred player, Keegan Murray, at four and the Pistons would reportedly be happy to take Ivey at five.
What is the NBA Draft Order?
New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
Oklahoma City (from LA Clippers)
Charlotte (from New Orleans)