The fact that Detroit has Dwane Casey on the sidelines and Blake Griffin in the low post, but was still only able to win 20 of their 66 games last season speaks to how bare the cupboard is in the Motor City. Outside of Sekou Doumbouya, who himself was viewed as a very long-term project, the long-term franchise cornerstones are few and far between on this roster. With Derrick Rose’s trade coming soon, the Pistons might be able to grab their point guard of the future if they use the No. 7 pick on Haliburton.
Luke Kennard is starting slip into basketball purgatory, as he isn’t bad enough for the Pistons to give up on, but not good enough to become a star. Perhaps if Kennard is paired with a guard like Haliburton that is more of an outside scoring threat than the aging slasher Rose, he could see his numbers rise. Detroit’s defense, which allowed 110.7 points per game last year, could finally get that one player who changes the shape of the whole unit.
While Milwaukee will likely reign as kings of the Central for the next decade, the rest of that division is completely wide open. With a couple of moves here and there, drafting Haliburton paramount above all else, Detroit could accelerate the rebuild and start competing for the postseason once again.