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Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver addressed the media on November 5, 2020, and said that Pistons could move up or down in the project.

Detroit Free Press

The draft for the NBA for 2020 is on Wednesday night and Detroit The pistons have the seventh common choice. They can take several different directions with it, depending on what they give priority to. They have numerous roster needs, no stellar talent and need more players who can contribute to victory.

The Pistons have approximately $ 30 million in salary space – ahead of free agency talks starting on Friday – meaning they have more options to make a veteran deal and / or return to the draft – they lack a choice of a second circle.

Here are three options that match each priority that the Pistons could consider in the No. 7 project. Only players who are expected to be available at seven are listed, meaning LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, Deni Avdija and Obi Toppin are excluded.

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Good measure

Killian Hayes, point guard, Ratiopharm ulm

The Pistons’ biggest need is a lead guard. Hayes, a 6-meter French defender, could be the best in the draft after LaMelo Ball. He has the size and type of up shot creation that separates the great NBA defenders from his good ones in recent seasons. He is a great passer-by who thrives in pick and roll, although he is significantly better with his left hand than with his right.

Hayes can also have the most piston connections from any player expected to enter the lottery. He has been training with former Piston Will Bynum since last year and is friends with French striker Sekou Doumbouya. Assuming the ball doesn’t fall on the pistons, Hayes is a logical option for Detroit.

Other options: Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa; Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC.

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High up

Patrick Williams, striker, Florida

Perhaps the biggest lifter in the draft in the last two weeks, Williams stood out in front of the teams thanks to his size (6-8), flexibility of defense and the potential to be a universal offensive player.

His numbers from last season do not pop up from the page and he has a long way to go to reach the ceiling. But many of the best players in the league are athletic strikers who can dominate on both sides of the ball, such as Kauhi Leonard and Jason Tatum. The big wings that can protect these players have become more valuable. If Williams becomes the last, he will have a long career. And his potential to become an offensive force is the reason he climbed from the middle of the first round to the top 10 of the lottery.

Williams is reportedly the favorite to be drawn by the Pistons on Wednesday. General manager Troy Weaver tends to prefer athletic players with long wing sizes who can defend and reach the edge. Williams fits Weaver’s matrix to T.

Other options: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn; Hayes.

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Immediate impact

Tyris Halliburton, robber, Iowa

If the second best promising defender of the draft is not Hayes, then it is certainly Halliburton. Guard 6-5 is one of the highest IQ players in the entire project. He is also one of his most versatile guards, as he is a great passer, shoots a high percentage of the rear arches last season and is a smart defender.

Because he is a year older than Hayes and Ball, lacks athleticism and has questionable shooting mechanics, many question his ability to be a leading ball player in the NBA. This lowers his ceiling, although he is currently a better player than both Hayes and Ball, thanks to his shooting and defense. Given that the Pistons need a defender, they can’t go wrong with Halliburton.

Another option: Devin Wasel, M / F, Florida.

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