The force was not with the Detroit Pistons during the NBA Draft. Despite having the 5th best odds in the draft, they ended up with just the 7th pick.
This didn’t phase new General Manager Troy Weaver, however, as he is prepared to work with what he’s got. Any top 10 pick has great value and he won’t let the Pistons put it to waste.
Although some of the top players like LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman will be off the board, the Pistons seem to have their hearts set on this prospect.
6’8 Patrick Williams is one of the most well-rounded players in the draft. He is not particularly spectacular in any one aspect, but he can do a bit of everything, including defense.
The Pistons are in desperate need of a wing with good defense as their perimeter defense was severely lacking last year.
Williams could come in and be a solid defender right off the bat. He averaged 1 steal and 1 block per game in just 22.5 minutes. He also put up 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while shooting 45.9% from the field and 32.0% from deep.
Williams has a very high floor and is a safe pickup for a team that already has a high-risk, high-reward prospect in Sekou Doumbouya.