The Detroit Pistons had the 16th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Washington C Isaiah Stewart on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Pistons acquired the pick prior to the draft from the Houston Rockets, who had acquired the pick from the Portland Trail Blazers. Trevor Ariza went to the Pistons as well as part of the deal. Here we’ll break down the pick for the Pistons and what it means for the team moving forward.
First-round Pick Analysis
Stewart is a bit undersized at 6’9” for the center position in the NBA, but he makes up for it with his size and frame. He also has a 7’4” wingspan, which is always good in the NBA if you’re trying to compete as somebody who is undersized. Stewart was on a Washington squad that had plenty of NBA talent, so this is a great get for the Pistons. Stewart is a decent defender down low because of his size and the Pistons may be preparing for life after Blake Griffin.
Detroit will need to re-sign Christian Wood via free agency in order to shore up the front court. Perhaps Stewart is a bit of insurance, but he’s more of a project who could develop into a solid rotation piece for the Pistons.