Detroit Pistons: Top 7 first-round options in the 2020 NBA Draft

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3: Patrick Williams, F, Florida State

Patrick Williams has been gaining traction in many mock drafts as a popular pick for the Detroit Pistons. He would be another multi-talented forward to pair with Sekou Doumbouya. Like Edwards, he has a great NBA frame at 6-foot-8 225-pound  plus a 7-foot wingspan. This will allow him to enter the league and defend the one through the four.

He is a great defender on the perimeter with enough quickness to use his length to stay in front of guards. He is active as a help defender and can even protect the rim a little bit, averaging a block a game at Florida State University.

On offense, Williams has skill that has flashed at times but definitely needs to develop. Already, he is a good cutter and offensive rebounder. With the ball in his hands, he isn’t a ball handler but is solid enough to attack closeouts. He even has shown promise as a passer and makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands.

Shooting will be a swing skill for Williams as he only shot 32% in his lone season at FSU. He did shoot 84% at the free-throw line, so he should have the ability to improve. In the NBA, there is a large market for versatile wings who can defend multiple positions. Williams will be perfect for this role, and if he develops further on offense could be a high-level starter on a contending team.

4: Deni Avdija, F, Tel Aviv

Deni Avdija is an interesting point forward option in the draft. For a 6-foot-9 forward, he is an incredibly skilled player. He is a talented ball-handler who can use crossovers and other moves to get past defenders.

His biggest plus skill on offense is his passing. He is great at finding cutters, spot-up shooters, and roll men, all. His size allows him to see over the defense and see the whole court. His passing skills could elevate the entire offense around him.

Avdija’s career arc could nearly entirely depend on his shooting ability. He only shot 28% from three and 56% from the free-throw line in the Euroleague season. His jumper looks okay in the catch and shoot, but he really struggles shooting off the dribble.

If he can’t fix his jumper, it will negatively impact the rest of his game and could greatly lower his ceiling. If it does, he will be a great secondary playmaker capable of challenging defenses with his combination of size and skill.