The Detroit Pistons' 5 Biggest Draft Busts Since 1990

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The Detroit Pistons' 5 Biggest Draft Busts Since 1990
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When approaching the NBA draft, any team's philosophy has to be one of three options. Either take a player who will be an immediate starter for your team, take a player who can contribute off of the bench and develop into a starter within two or three years, or take a player who is a project and needs time to develop but that you believe will be a special player down the road.

Outside of that, I don't agree with GM's philosophies when they draft a player for a specific niche. I believe that is what free agency or trades should be used for. A sign of a good coach is when they take younger players and mold them into stronger and more well-rounded players. Otherwise, the coach doesn't have the team's best long-term success in mind.

When I started thinking about the young, developing building blocks that the Detroit Pistons have in Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, I thought we should look back at some of the Pistons' biggest busts of all time.

These types of lists are so subjective, and I was born in 1980, so a lot of this is based on research and talking to family members. That being said, I don't feel I'm equipped to accurately rank the players before 1990, but I have put the players since 1990 (when I can remember when each player was chosen) in ranking order. 

I based this list on two criteria: 1) production of the draft pick while they were in a Pistons uniform and 2) who the team passed on to select the player. I left off players who were drafted but never played for the Pistons.

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