2021 NBA Draft mock #5: Detroit Pistons: Jonathan Kuminga
The Pistons took the largest tumble by falling three spots to fifth overall in the simulated lottery. They will be looking to add the best player available as Detroit is in the early stages of a rebuild.
Some scouts believe Jonathan Kuminga will be the best player in this draft class. The 6’8 forward has more than a seven-foot wingspan. He packs potential on both ends of the floor. Kuminga is a plus-athlete that has shown glimpses of scoring, ball-handling, and play-making abilities, but scouts may be most intrigued by his defensive chops. The 18-year-old has the size and athletic ability to guard all of the league’s top scorers.
Kuminga bypassed the NCAA and played for the G League Ignite this season. He averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game over 13 contests. The shooting percentages were not pretty. He connected on just 38.7 percent from the field and 24.6 percent of his 65 3-point attempts. Those numbers do not tell the entire story.
Teams think Kuminga will pop quickly in the NBA. He is a better shooter than those numbers suggest, but his jumper still needs to improve. The teenager must lock in on the defensive end of the floor too. Jonathan Kuminga is a special talent and consensus top-five selection in this draft that the Pistons would be ecstatic to acquire.
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