There are more than 48 hours left in the 2022 NBA draft and rumors continue to spin.
From teams that want to trade to those that strongly prefer one prospect to another, it can be difficult to keep everything straight and find out the truth about smoke covers.
But we know that after Thursday night, there is a much clearer picture of the trajectory of CEO Troy Weaver and the Detroit Pistons.
Several NBA draft analysts released their latest drafts before Thursday. Find out who they’re receiving Pistons for, what they said, and where they see former Michigan and Michigan prominent figures.
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ESPN – Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
Let’s start with a little curve.
For weeks (and maybe months), the Pistons have been hoping Purdue’s prominent Jaden Ivey will remain available in 5th place.
In his last run at ESPN, Jonathan Givony lets Iveyl rank 4th in Kings, but instead of going with Big Ten star Keegan Murray – who makes sense for a number of reasons – he lets Detroit grab Arizona’s prominent Bennedict Mathurin.
Givony writes that the Pistons like the idea of tying 20-year-old Pac-12 to Cade Cunningham because he can work in outer space and drop shocks from screens. In addition, Murray is 21 years old (and will be 22 this fall), while 19-year-old Mathurin has more time to develop.
“Mathurin garnered strong reviews of the private training track, having excelled in competitions, individual rehearsals and interviews wherever he visited, and in the process, raising his stakes to the center of the lottery,” Givony writes. “The Detroit office and coaching staff are said to be particularly interested in the All-American and Pac-12 players of the year, an intriguing combination of current productivity and future growth at just 19.”
Caleb Houstan and Max Christie go to the middle of the second round
Givony also has two state college players, starting with Caleb Houston, Michigan. Givony ranks Houston 38th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs, which the Spurs received from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Houstan scored an average of 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per season in Wolverines.
Houstan, who belongs to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, played an average of 32 minutes per game, hitting 38.4% of the floor, 35.5% of the three and 78.3% of the free throw.
Nine choices later, Max Christie joins other Spartans Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman in Memphis.
Christie, a former 5-star recruiter who was considered a potential lottery champion before last season, scored 2021-2022. 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the season.
Christie played 30.8 minutes per game, hitting 38.2% of the floor, 31.7% of the three and 82.4% of the free throw.
The Athletic – Keegan Murray, Iowa
If Pistons fans want Ivey, they’re not happy with that joke either, because the Purdue star only chooses one option before the Pistons get to the podium.
Instead, Sam Vecine sees Detroit as the safest option for many, Iowa’s prominent Keegan Murray. Of course, a lot depends on what Detroit does with Jermai Grant, who is in the final season of his 3-year, $ 60 million contract and wants to be paid next year.
Murray, a 6-foot-long wing, would be a suitable replacement, and many behind the scenes in Detroit seem to like the choice.
“Murray has quite a few fans in the Detroit office,” Vecine writes. “He would be extremely good at attacking Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey on long – term building blocks.
“I think it comes down to Murray or the Bennedict Mathurin on the Arizona wing. Mathurin did a very hard workout in Detroit and is completely in the game.”
Christie, Houstan will go to the second round early
Unlike Givony, who only sees Christie in the back of the second round, Vecine doesn’t see teams with NBA scoring skills waiting to gain weight.
Vecine chooses Christie as the first choice in the second round, finishing 31st in the Indiana Pacers overall.
Houstan, Michigan’s dynamic wing, doesn’t have to wait long to hear his name in this scenario. second round selection.
CBS Sports – Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
If you thought Mathurin was curvy, Matt Norlander of the CBS Sports Draft needs a whole new word for it. Here are his four best: Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Shaedon Sharpe, Mathurin.
Not only Ivey, but also the 7-foot unicorn Chet Holmren, who is available to Pistons No. 5. According to Norlander’s joke, he has Pistons with Gonza’s great man.
Norlander’s hesitation – and the reason why Holmgren falls from the widely expected first or 2nd position to 5th – is the same as everyone’s concern for Holmgren. His frame.
Holmgren is 7’0 but weighs only 195 pounds. He was extremely effective in Gonzaga, throwing 14.1 points and 9.9 points per game, while hitting 39% of the three, but big men hit him low.
“I think it’s more than reasonable to predict that at least one of the big three won’t be in the top five in this class by the time we look up to 2030 and summarize everything that happened,” Norlander writes. “As Holmgren still suffers from questions about his frame and shelf life as a permanent presence, I choose the worst of the three.
“I don’t question his work ethic or his love of the game at all. I can’t wait to see him in the NBA, but I think he’ll be a good but a little inconsistent modern stretch center.”
Sports Illustrated – Jaden Ivey, Purdue
Ultimately, one of the four drafts is that the Pistons choose Ivey.
It’s easy to see why the Pistons want Ivey in the NBA today. He is fast, athletic, able to drive downhill, attack in transition, handle the ball and is likely to have a dynamic backfield companion with Cunningham.
SI spokesman Jeremy Woo said the move could lead Detroit to one of the best backfields in the league.
“Ivey is supposed to be a transition force and attack the NBA from time to time, but he’s still improving his game as a game manager and learning to defend with intent,” Woo writes. “His strengths should take the pressure off Cunningham to make every shot, and conversely, he’ll be able to cover Ivey’s shortcomings in the half. Theoretically, it’s a strong match.”
Houstan and Christie will remain second round targets
Like previous mockery, Woo sees the two wings of Michigan and the state of Michigan in a second round. Woo will let Houston take part in Magicus – he would be the third Wolvlerine in Orlando, with a couple of brothers Mo and Franz Wagner – and join the one with which the organization ranks 1st overall.
He then lets Christie go west to the Sacramento Kings, and if his earlier prediction turns out to be true, he would join Big Ten’s prominent Keegan Murray, who will finish 4th in the King’s overall standings.
Neither Marcus Bingham, the leader of the all-time shock blockers in Spartans history, nor Moussa Diabate, a newcomer to Michigan, was selected in any of the trials.
Both will almost certainly receive G-League invitations.
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