The Detroit Pistons had the seventh pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected G Killian Hayes on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Pistons fell down to the No. 7 slot in the draft lottery after finishing with the fifth-worst record in the NBA last season at 20-46. Here we’ll go over the impact their first-round pick could have on the roster and in fantasy basketball.
The Pistons appear to be the team with the biggest need for talent out of the entire League possibly. Detroit traded away Andre Drummond before the deadline and Blake Griffin hasn’t been able to stay healthy. The Pistons’ best player for the second half of the season was Christian Wood, who is an unrestricted free agent and may not re-sign. So getting it right with the No. 7 pick in 2020 is crucial.
First-Round pick analysis
This is an amazing pick by the Pistons. There are a lot of analysts out there who were very high on Hayes, who is a French-American coming out of the German Basketball Bundesliga. The left-hander is a versatile guard in the mold of James Harden. Now, that isn’t to say he’s the next Harden. It’s simply a comparison. Hayes has a great outside shot and is known to use Harden’s trademark step-back 3-pointer — just go watch the highlights.
The Pistons desperately needed some talent in the backcourt, especially after trading Bruce Brown to the Nets earlier in the week. Hayes has the inside track to start right away alongside Derrick Rose. It also helps that a veteran like Rose is on the roster right now. Hayes can learn from the former MVP while he grows as a scorer. Ideally, Hayes should play the point — he’s more of a combo guard at heart. I could see Hayes having immediate fantasy basketball value as well.