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2020 NBA Draft mock #7: Detroit Pistons- Tyrese Haliburton

The Pistons should be looking for the best player available in this draft. Their roster is a virtual blank slate. They have two players signed beyond next season. Blake Griffin becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022. Last year’s first-round pick Sekou Doumbouya can hit restricted free agency in 2023.

Detroit needs a versatile ball-handler that can be a foundational piece. Tyrese Haliburton is the best available. The 20-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game this season playing for Iowa State.

Haliburton can fit both on and off the ball. He shot 42.6 percent from 3-point range over 237 NCAA attempts. The Pistons could use him as a catch and shoot floor spacer or primary ball-handler.

He profiles as a plus defender too. Haliburton is 6’5 with long arms. His basketball IQ should allow him to hold his own defensively from day one with the upside to become a lockdown perimeter option.

Tyrese Haliburton will play right away. He may not be ready to be the starting point guard, but expect him to make an impact. The 20-year-old has a high ceiling too. The Pistons should have a steady contributor for a decade-plus at worst. That is the start of rebuilding their roster.

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