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Could Detroit Pistons move up to No. 2 in 2022 NBA Draft?

The Detroit Pistons had luck on their side in 2021 when the NBA Draft Lottery gods were on their side and they landed the No. 1 overall pick. With that pick, the Pistons selected Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State, and as of now, it sure seems like they landed a star.

Unfortunately, those same lottery gods frowned on the Pistons this season as they landed the No. 5 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, despite having the third-worst record in the NBA.

But could the Pistons trade up and land the No. 2 overall pick?

On Thursday, Rob Beard of the Detroit News suggested that the Pistons would have to give a “haul” to move up to No. 1 but he can see Oklahoma City being willing to trade the No. 2 pick.

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Beard notes that the Thunder could be willing to move down because “they’re likely not turning things around this year.”

If the Pistons are able to make a deal with the Thunder for the No. 2 overall pick, they would then be in the running for either Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith, or Paulo Banchero.

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Pistons GM Troy Weaver has said that there are seven players that he would be 100% comfortable selecting in the first round, so if the Pistons are not able to move up, or don’t want to, they still believe they can land a star.

If the Pistons do decide to stand pat at No. 5, it seems likely that they would select either Jaden Ivey, Shaedon Sharpe, or Keegan Murray, depending on who is still available.

Of those three options, I would prefer the Pistons gamble a bit with the unknown and select Sharpe, as he is explosive and athletic and I think he would be a great complement to Cade Cunningham.

Nation, what would you be willing to give up to move up to No. 2 in the 2022 NBA Draft?

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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