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Detroit Pistons’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Detroit Pistons have made 25 selections, yielding just one All-Star in Andre Drummond.

The following table details the Pistons’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 0 0 0 0 0
6-10 5 1 (20%) 1 4 (80%) 0
11-15 2 0 0 1 (50%) 0
16-20 0 0 0 0 0
21-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-30 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
31-40 9 0 0 2 (22.2%) 4 (44.4%)
41-50 2 0 0 0 2 (100%)
51-60 6 0 0 0 6 (100%)
Total 25 1 (4.0%) 1 8 (32.0%) 12 (48%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Pistons’ have found starters in the draft at a higher rate than the league average, although only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Drummond remain.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: Andre Drummond (2012-9) — one appearance

Starters: Rodney Stuckey (2007-15), Arron Afflalo (2007-27), Greg Monroe (2010-7), Brandon Knight (2011-8), Kyle Singler (2011-33), Drummond, Khris Middleton (2012-39), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (2013-8)

Rotation Players: Austin Daye (2009-15), Jonas Jerebko (2009-39), Spencer Dinwiddie (2014-38), Stanley Johnson (2015-8), Darrun Hilliard (2015-38)

Out in Five Years or Less: Cheikh Samb (2006-51), Will Blalock (2006-60), Sammy Mejia (2007-57), Walter Sharpe (2008-32), Trent Plaisted (2008-46), Deron Washington (2008-59), DaJuan Summers (2009-35), Terrico White (2010-36), Vernon Macklin (2011-52), Kim English (2012-44), Tony Mitchell (2013-37), Peyton Siva (2013-56)

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