Sekou Doumbouya to Pistons: Detroit's Current Roster After 2019 NBA Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: NBA prospect Sekou Doumbouya looks on before the start of the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons added a high-upside prospect to their roster by taking Sekou Doumbouya with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft on Thursday. 


The @DetroitPistons select Sekou Doumbouya with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 #NBADraft! https://t.co/44qqVYEyI5

Here's a look at how Doumbouya fits with Detroit's roster.

Check out B/R NBA draft expert Jonathan Wasserman’s scouting profile on Doumbouya. 


Pistons Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

Andre Drummond, C: $25.4M (2021)

Blake Griffin, PF: $34.2M (2022)

Bruce Brown, SG: $1.3M (2021)

Glenn Robinson III, SG: $4.1M (2020)

Khyri Thomas, SG: $1.3M (2021)

Langston Galloway, SG: $7M (2020)

Luke Kennard, SG: $3.3M (2021)

Reggie Jackson, PG: $16M (2020)

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG: $1.5M (2020)

Thon Maker, C: $2.9M (2020)

Tony Snell, SG: $11.5M (2021)

Sekou Doumbouya, SF: $2.7M (2023)

Deividas Sirvydis, SF: N/A

Jordan Bone, PG: N/A


Free Agents

Glenn Robinson III, SG: Team

Isaiah Whitehead, PG: RFA

Ishmael Smith, PG: UFA

Jose Calderon, PG: UFA

Kalin Lucas, PG: RFA

Wayne Ellington, SG: UFA

Zaza Pachulia, C: UFA


The Guinea-born 18-year-old spent the past year playing for Limoges in France, carving out a valuable role within the rotation. He averaged 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game for Limoges in league play, showcasing the type of talent NBA scouts were salivating over.

At 6'9" with great athleticism, Doumbouya is especially valuable near the basket as someone who can finish at the rim with consistency or be a quality rim-protector on defense.

Perhaps most importantly, he has a developing outside shot that could make him a versatile scorer going forward, as Mike Schmitz of ESPN explained:

Mike Schmitz @Mike_Schmitz

Slow-motion look at Sekou Doumbouya’s shooting stroke. The 18-year-old shot 31.9% from 3 this past season with Limoges. Has more natural touch than his percentages would suggest. https://t.co/3ZD2UDGWbl

Jonathan Givony of ESPN also compared his measurements to Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam:

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Sekou Doumbouya's measurements from his Pro Day today are awfully impressive, and eerily similar to Pascal Siakam. We already knew about the height/reach, but he's gotten significantly stronger in the past 16 months, gaining 21 pounds. Siakam was 4 years older at the same stage. https://t.co/N1YIlQiLns

These factors keep Doumbouya's ceiling high as he heads into the next stage of his career.

On the other hand, the risk is just as great for the Pistons because Doumbouya could struggle to reach expectations. If he can't add strength or develop his outside shot, he might not be able to crack a rotation.

Look for Detroit to bring him along slowly as he tries to live up to his lofty draft slot. The presence of Blake Griffin will allow the Pistons to let Doumbouya gradually adjust to the NBA if they envision him at the 4 long term.