Again, since I either wasn't born or didn't remember them in a Pistons uniform, I listed the players who were considered draft busts but didn't rank them in any order.
Sonny Dove, St. John's: 1967 Round 1, Fourth Pick
Going into the 1967 draft, the Pistons had the first and fourth picks and should have come out of it with two star players. With the first overall pick they took Jimmy Walker. Then with the fourth overall pick they made their huge mistake in selecting Sonny Dove.
Dove played sparingly for the Pistons over two seasons averaging 3.1 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, he couldn't match his production at St. John's and was gone after the 1968-69 season.
What makes this pick so bad was who the Pistons passed on—Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.
Bob Nash, University of Hawaii: 1972 Round 1, Ninth Pick
Bob Nash may be best known as the former head coach of Hawaii who complied a 34-55 record, but he was once the Pistons' first-round pick in 1972.
Nash was drafted out of Hawaii and only played two seasons for the Pistons. In his rookie year, he played 36 games, shot .222 from the field and averaged 1.2 points per game.
In his second season he followed it up with only playing in 35 games, shooting .357 from the field and averaging 3.0 points per game. The Pistons had seen enough when deciding to part ways with him.
When you're better known as a head coach with a winning percentage of .378, chances are you didn't have a successful playing career. Add in the fact that the Pistons passed on Paul Westphal and Julius "Dr. J" Irving in the draft and you see that they really dropped the ball.
Al Eberhard, Missouri: 1974 Round 1, 15th Pick
Al Eberhard was drafted by the Pistons in 1974 and stayed with the team for four seasons. While he wasn't a star on the team, he averaged 6.8 points per game to go along with 3.5 rebounds per game.
Eberhard's best year came in the 1975-76 season, where he averaged 9.3 points per game while playing in 81 games.
The problem with drafting Eberhard is that the Pistons passed on Hall of Famer and Detroit native, George Gervin. Forward Billy Knight was also still on the board when it was the Pistons' time to pick.
Ricky Pierce, Rice: 1982 Round 1, 18th Pick
Ricky Pierce had success in the NBA as a one-time All-Star and two-time Sixth Man of the Year, but the problem was that it all occurred after Pierce left the Pistons. Pierce only played one season with the Pistons before moving on to the San Diego Clippers.
In his one season in Detroit, Pierce didn't get that much time to show his talent as he only played in 39 games and averaged 2.2 points per game.
In selecting Pierce, the Pistons didn't miss any impact players in that draft, but they missed on their draft pick since they lost a player who could score whether he was starting or off the bench.
Terry Driscoll, Boston College: 1969 Round 1, Fourth Pick
When you take a player fourth overall like the Pistons did in selecting Terry Driscoll, you hope that they stick around for more than a season. But unfortunately, the Pistons messed up this draft pick.
Driscoll only played one season in Detroit and averaged 5.4 points per game. To make matters worse, the Pistons thought so poorly of him, they just waived him and got nothing in return.
Usually a team will take a chance on talent and potential even if they flopped on their previous team, but the Pistons couldn't even trade him.
When the Pistons selected Driscoll they passed on seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White.