They're a bad team. Their 25-41 record is a clear indication of that. Yet they're not bad enough to have a realistic chance at the best players in the draft: Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Instead, they are a lottery team that will select near the bottom of the top 10. Odds are they will get the ninth pick.
Now if you agree with Piston's owner Tom Gores, who apparently doesn't think the Pistons need to make any moves because they're already a playoff team, then you might not think this draft is important.
For the rest of us sane people, we know this year's draft is vital for the Pistons to move forward.
They already have two players—Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight—that are exactly the kind of building blocks a team needs.
There is promise, but that doesn't mean the Pistons can simply rest on their laurels, as Gores suggests. They need to have a good draft. They can't afford a disaster like Darko Milicic or D.J. White.
With that said, here are my predictions. I'll give two predictions for each round and, since the draft order won't be announced until May 30th, I'll just assume the Pistons will pick ninth.
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