Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 7:10 AM EDT May 11, 2019 We're nearly one month out from the 2019 NBA draft. The draft lottery is Tuesday The draft combine opens Wednesday in Chicago. The Detroit Pistons don't have a shot at No. 1 overall pick favorite Zion Williamson, and instead hold the 15th overall pick as the worst playoff team after a 41-41 regular season and first-round playoff exit. They did not have a first-rounder last year, having dealt it to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin trade. Detroit's last first-round selection was Luke Kennard at No. 12 in 2017. So what will the Pistons do June 20? We surf around the web for answers from the draftniks. [ Pistons pro-tanking crowd right about one thing: The ceiling is limited ] Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports (May 10) PJ Washington, F, 20, Kentucky: "Washington improved everything about his game since deciding to return to Kentucky for a sophomore season — none … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons NBA mock draft roundup: Who they might pick
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 1:12 PM EDT Apr 25, 2019 Allen Park — It's always amusing to look at the last-minute projections and see how far they actually end up from reality. Every year, we round up the final mock drafts from a few dozen analysts and see who they predict the Detroit Lions will select in the first round. Last year, we gathered 33 and zero had the Lions taking offensive lineman Frank Ragnow. That's amazing, when you think about it, and speaks to how well the team kept its interests and intentions away from the prying eyes and ears of the media. Selecting eighth, you'd think the options would narrow. Let's see how the local and national pundits fare this year. We collected 58 different takes for your reading pleasure. ►T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa (17) Mocked by: Charlie Casserly (NFL.com), Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports), Albert Breer (MMQB), Steve Serby (NY Post), Sam Farmer (LA Times), Luke Easterling (USA … [Read more...] about We examined 58 of the latest mock drafts, and the Lions will … well, who the heck knows
James Hawkins The Detroit News Published 1:41 PM EDT Apr 14, 2019 Michigan freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis, redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews and sophomore guard Jordan Poole announced their intention to declare for the NBA draft last week. It’s a decision that shouldn’t come as a surprise since underclassmen can gather feedback, get evaluations and, thanks to a rule change, hire agents all while keeping the door open for a possible return to school. However, the important decision won’t come until late next month when college players have until May 29 to determine whether to stay in the draft or pull out. By all accounts, Matthews’ departure is expected and Brazdeikis hinted he’ll be a one-and-done when he told ESPN he intends “to be drafted as high as I can be and start my journey.” Poole, on the other hand, said he’s “prepared to look at all options” as he tests the waters. Poole (No. 51), Brazdeikis (No. … [Read more...] about NBA draft experts break down Brazdeikis, Matthews, Poole
By Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle Published 2:05 pm CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 UH's Ed Oliver is still projected as a first-round pick, but opinions vary as to when he'll be picked. UH's Ed Oliver is still projected as a first-round pick, but opinions vary as to when he'll be picked. Photo: Brandon Wade, FRE / Associated Press Photo: Brandon Wade, FRE / Associated Press Image 1 of / 28 Caption Close Image 1 of 28 UH's Ed Oliver is still projected as a first-round pick, but opinions vary as to when he'll be picked. UH's Ed Oliver is still projected as a first-round pick, but opinions vary as to when he'll be picked. Photo: Brandon Wade, FRE / Associated Press NFL Draft: Where will Houston’s Ed … [Read more...] about NFL Draft: Where will Houston’s Ed Oliver go?
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 7:20 PM EDT Oct 2, 2018 If the 2018 season ended after four weeks — and some Detroit Lions fans may wish it did — the Lions would pick second overall in the 2019 NFL draft April 25. The last time the franchise picked second was in 2010, when it selected Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Lions also picked second in 2007 (Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson) and 2003 (Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers). As a reminder, the NFL draft order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker. Teams 21-32 make the playoffs, so the order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play. Of course, there are 12 games left in this season, so a lot will change. Analysis: Three reasons for hope and concern for Lions at quarter mark Lions film review: How Jamal Agnew set up Kerryon Johnson's TD Still, it's surprising the Lions are already in the cellar … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions would pick 2nd in 2019 NFL draft if season ended