Is Troy Weaver god?
Tough to tell if he is or not, but what he has done in the draft the last two years is something we haven’t seen here in my lifetime. Since I’ve become old enough to actually follow the Pistons, the draft has been the biggest night of the season every year. Each year the season was a failure and the only thing we had to look forward to was the draft. Year after year, we would draft guys at pick 8-11 hoping, praying, that these are our next young core of guys that will lead us to competitive basketball. Brandon Knight, Andre Drummond, Luke Kennard, Henry Ellenson, Stanley Johnson, KCP, Greg Monroe, Austin Daye. All house hold names if you are a true Pistons fan and the last eight first round picks before Troy Weaver took over. I threw all my chips in the middle each year saying “give them time to develop” and I was ready to die on that hill, but it would never work out. Last season we had three first round picks and one second rounder and all four of them got real minutes and they all played better than the guys listed above in their rookie seasons. Then yesterday happen….
We reloaded yet again. Cade has been the talk of the draft before the college season even started this year and has played up to every expectation that was given to him. It is always impossible to tell if he will be the next Lebron or not, but being in that conversation is enough to make it feel like we’re back.
Cade is the face of Detroit for right now. I truly feel like Casey Mize and Spencer Turnbull will be fighting for that face.
Drafting Isaiah Livers and Luca Garza late in the second round are absolute steals. Livers would have been a top 15 pick if he didn’t get injured at the end of the season. He is so smooth and developed a knockdown mid range shot over his years at Michigan that will 100% play in the NBA. He’s long and is not afraid to play defense. Luca Garza was the national player of the year. He is no bum. Getting Garza at pick 52 is amazing. At best he is the next Nikola Jokic. At worst he is a solid back up center who can probably help teach Isaiah Stewart a few things too. Garza is much older that Beef Stew so I know he can help him with some things.
What a night for Detroit. What a night for the fans. We’re back.