The Detroit Pistons are one of the popular picks among executives to trade up in the NBA draft for LaMelo Ball. Should they do it?
We’re just over a week away from the NBA draft, and even closer to teams being allowed to make trades. It seems like the season just ended, but we’re about to kick things back into gear and rumor has it that the Detroit Pistons have their eyes set on the No. 1 overall draft pick and LaMelo Ball.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the Pistons are a popular pick among league executives to make a big move (Insiders paywall):
Some popular picks among executives to make such a move for Ball at No. 1 include the Chicago Bulls (currently holding the No. 4 pick), Detroit Pistons (No. 7) and Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 25, plus a stash of future firsts).
Ball would be an intriguing addition to the Pistons’ puzzle. He would provide young star-power to a degree that the franchise hasn’t had in… well, we’re going to have to go back a long time to find an exciting top draft pick.
He has the ability to make his teammates better, or at least showed that potential in flashes when he played professionally in Australia. The NBA is a different beast, but youth and talent remain a powerful combination in this league.