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

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7: Killian Hayes, PG, Ulm

The other point guard vying for the second spot is Killian Hayes, who played professionally in France and Germany. His biggest advantage over Haliburton is his shot creation ability. He is not explosive with the ball, but he is crafty with his handles and fakes in order to create shots for himself.

He is also excellent in the pick and roll, both as a passer and scorer. Like Haliburton, he is a solid defender and shouldn’t be an issue in the NBA. Hayes does have some issues with his right hand. He is very left hand dominant currently, but he has shown some skills with his right.

He will need to work on his confidence and consistency to threaten defenses with his right hand. Also, with Hayes, he only shot 29% from three in his last season (NBA). With his limited burst, if he does not have a reliable three-point shot, it will be impossible for him to create shots. Hayes versus Haliburton will essentially come down to stylistic preference.

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Haliburton is a rock-solid combo guard with a high floor, while Hayes is a talented shot-creator despite limited explosiveness.

Just missing the cut for the top seven spots:

  1. Obi Toppin, F/C, Dayton
  2. Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn
  3. Kira Lewis, G, Alabama
  4. Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC
  5. R.J. Hampton, G, New Zealand

Concluding Thoughts:

While the Detroit Pistons have the seventh draft choice in the 2020 NBA Draft, they will prepare their draft board, hoping that one of these seven names, or even the five who missed the cut, will be available.

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