Thanks to a lopsided trade that sent dead weights Ben Gordon and Corey Maggette to the Charlotte Hornets, the Pistons had to avoid landing in the top ten of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery because Charlotte held the rights to the pick if the Pistons landed in the top ten.
And what do you know? The basketball gods were not kind to the Pistons on Draft Lottery night.
The Pistons landed in the ninth slot, which guaranteed a spot in the top ten for the Hornets, a team that has a golden opportunity to improve on an already playoff caliber lineup. The Pistons, meanwhile, were left with the 38th pick in the second round, so this draft figures to be a pretty uneventful one for new head coach/general manager Stan Van Gundy.
But that does not mean all is lost in Motown. The Pistons will have money to play around with this offseason — although figuring out what to do with stalwart Greg Monroe is a big question mark hanging over the team. So the team really does not have to depend on the draft to improve the roster, although a top ten pick could had helped.
So let’s look at who the Pistons will more than likely selecte with their 38th pick:
Round 2, No. 38 Overall: Jordan Adams, UCLA, SG, 6-foot-4
Although the Pistons are shut out of the first round, they could find a sleeper in Adams, who is built like a prototypical shooting guard but has a 6-foot-10 wingspan. That wingspan allows him to shoot over defenders and create shots around the basket.
The Pistons are in need of a shooting guard, as this was their primary weak spot in the starting lineup last year. Adams could fill that role next year and could be one of the biggest steals in this year’s draft.