The NBA Draft Lottery didn’t provide a miracle for the Detroit Pistons, who currently find themselves in the purgatory that is the late lottery at No. 12. This is the area that no team wants to reside in, between making the playoffs (and collecting that playoff revenue, even if for a brief four games) and being bad enough to earn the chance for a franchise changing talent at the top of the draft.
That’s not to say there haven’t been those that have made lemonade out of lemons in the late lottery, but those examples tend to be the exceptions rather than the rule. To get the most value out of the 12th overall pick, you would usually have to take the risk on a player with loads of upside but a low floor should he fail to develop. For a general manager, that can be intriguing. For a head coach, a headache.
So, it should come as no surprise that in Detroit, where coach Stan Van Gundy also serves as the president of basketball operations, the Pistons aren’t too keen on keeping the No. 12 pick. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Pistons are hoping to flip the 12th pick for a veteran that can help them get out of that late lottery purgatory.