The NBA Draft is right around the corner. The Detroit Pistons not only hold the number one overall pick. But the Pistons have three second round picks as well. Here are some players that Pistons could draft in the second round.
Brandon Boston Jr.
One player, the Pistons, should keep an eye on is Brandon Boston Jr. Boston is a 6’7″ small forward and played his college ball at Kentucky. He was a five-star recruit of high school, but his disappointing season caused him to move down the draft board. He is in hopes of redeeming himself in the NBA. And he has lots of room to improve and could end being a steal in the second round.
There are two significant advantages to Boston’s game. The first advantage is that he’s one of the best player at getting transition points. Last season, he averaged 15 points per transition possession (72nd percentile). He scored a high amount of transition points throughout the season because of his fast speed and ain’t afraid to finish down to the rim. Boston’s transition is a need for Pistons, especially since they were at the bottom for transition points.
Another advantage to Boston’s game is his defensive mindset. He can do it all on the defensive side of the ball. From grabbing board rebounding to his quick stealing ability. He is one of the most elite defenders at the small forward position in the draft. He averaged 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. Last year, he had seven games with seven or more rebounds and had six games with three steals. Boston’s defensive mind is something that Pistons are always looking to add great defenders to a raising team.
The Pistons could draft Jason Preston in the second round as well. Preston is a 6’4″ guard and played for Ohio University. Fun fact, Preston used to be a writer for Pistons Power and has been a massive fan of the team for years. Now he could end playing for his favorite team if the Pistons drafted him. Let’s break down what makes Preston a good fit for the Pistons.
Preston had a breakout year at Ohio University, and the team even made the NCAA Tournament. The best parts of his game are his three-point shooting and playmaking ability. Last season he was a bucket from downtown and shot 39.0% from three-point land.
Preston is best known for being an elite playmaker. He was one of the best facilitators in College Basketball with his high IQ at the passing game. He ranked first in the MAC in assists per game and averaged 7.3 assists per game.
The Pistons need another playmaker to add to the young core. Preston could go back and forth between playing in the NBA and G-league. Since the Pistons G-League team, the Motor City Cruise will be playing downtown at Wayne State’s new basketball arena.
The final player that the Pistons could take in the second round is a power forward Roko Prkacin. He played in the ABA Adriatic League in Croatia and could be a major steal in the draft. The crazy part is that Prkacin is only 18 years old.
Prkacin has two significant keys to his game. The first key is his efficiency to score down in the paint and 2-point range. He is known for playing down more in the post and averaged 53.2% from the 2-point range. Prkachin could be joining alongside rasing center Isaiah Stewart. The two could control the position if the Pistons draft him.
Another key to the Prkacin game is his pick-and-roll IQ. Prkacin can not only score down in the paint off the roll. But, also, he could pop off a three-point shot as he averaged 39% from the 3-point line. If the Pistons draft Prkacin, he could pick and roll to potential number one pick Cade Cunningham and raise point guard Killian Hayes.
Prkacin has been compared to Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic. Because of his 3-point shooting and his toughest on the defensive side of the ball. He could end up being the next excellent star coming out of Europe. As we have seen in the past, players coming from Europe make the transition a lot smoother than college players.