Pistons Could Draft Jaden Ivey Instead Of Sign Collin Sexton

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The Detroit Pistons are still early enough in their rebuild that they should be drafting the best player available based on their NBA Draft board. There is no reason to reach for a player that plays a specific position as Detroit can use help pretty much anywhere.

That is also the luxury of having a player of Cade Cunningham’s caliber on the roster as a building block. He is a versatile player that can produce in numerous roles. However, one of the things that the Pistons will be looking for this offseason is a dynamic scoring option alongside him in the backcourt.

Killian Hayes has not proven he can be that player as his off-ball skills need a lot of work. Hayes is not a very good 3-point shooter, which makes him an awkward fit alongside Cunningham in the backcourt.

Expect Detroit to fill that need this offseason. As Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer pointed out, it can come during the 2022 NBA Draft in free agency. He mocked Purdue’s Jaden Ivey to the Detroit Pistons with the fifth overall pick but mentioned that they are one of the teams keeping tabs on Cleveland Cavaliers scoring guard Collin Sexton as well.

“League sources say the Pistons are interested in Cavaliers restricted free agent Collin Sexton. But the draft could fill their backcourt needs before free agency even begins. Ivey would give Cade Cunningham another shot-creator to work with, and possibly form one of the most exciting backcourts in the league.”

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Should the draft board fall in their favor and Ivey makes it to the fifth pick, he is the no-brainer selection. He and Cunningham would be a great pair in the backcourt as both can produce whether the ball is in their hands or not.

Jaden Ivey has the tools to become a star should he prove his 3-point shooting is consistent and he can get after it more consistently on defense. While Collin Sexton may not possess the star ceiling, he is another great complement for Cunningham.

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Not many players average 24.3 points per game for a season in their career, let alone players who are in their age-22 season. That kind of explosiveness is exactly what Detroit needs to surround Cade Cunningham with to take full advantage of his unique skill set.