5. Detroit Pistons take Amen Thompson
The Pistons had the most disappointing lottery night as they slipped to fifth after having the worst record in the NBA last season. Detroit hired Monty Williams to be their head coach, and they are looking to exit their rebuild. There was plenty of disappointment on lottery night, but the Pistons will get another exciting young talent to add to their core.
Thompson is 6’6 elite athlete with a seven-foot wingspan that has shown the ability to run an offense and be a primary ball-handler. The 20-year-old has tremendous upside, and he could help get the Pistons playing faster. Thompson is a problem with the ball in his hands, and he may quickly become an impactful player on both ends of the floor.
Thompson has to improve his jumper to reach his potential. He has been working on his form, but it has some holes. The 20-year-old is a below-average free throw shooter, and he could be a non-factor from the outside. Defenders will sag off and force him to shoot early in his career, and things could be a struggle if Thompson cannot make them consistently.
Amen Thompson has tremendous upside, and the Detroit Pistons are looking to stockpile talent. He may not be the cleanest fit next to Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey, but his defensive potential and ability to get out in transition should help ease the transition.