The Pistons will have a few more seasons before they can really lean into whatever it is they’re trying to be next. New GM Troy Weaver said he wants to put “a good mixture of young guys” around Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose but it’s hard to imagine this team becoming a contender before Griffin and Rose are gone.
Assuming, however, they re-sign Christian Wood and continue feeding developmental minutes to Sekou Doumbouya, you can see the outlines of a fun and incredibly long new frontcourt. The Pistons might be looking to address their backcourt needs here, but Okongwu has as much upside as anyone in this draft and the truth is that the Pistons need help everywhere. Okgonwu is an elite interior defender, both moving his feet and stopping players at the rim, and his leaping ability and touch give him an offensive role as well. If Wood keeps developing his range and Doumbouya develops his perimeter game this could be a foundation for the future.
Learn more about Onyeka Okongwu with our full scouting report.