Coming off a 20-win season, the Detroit Pistons are likely rebuilding. With a shift in developing prospects for the future, the Pistons’ latest draft picks could potentially compete for the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
DraftKings Sportsbook posted the Michigan sportsbook odds for this season’s Rookie of the Year and each of Detroit’s first three draft picks are on the board.
Here is a rundown of each pick and their odds for the award.
Pick No. 7: Killian Hayes +700
With point guard one of Detroit’s primary needs this offseason, it came as no surprise the team went with Killian Hayes. He’s a 6-foot-5,19-year old point guard who played professionally in Germany.
In 10 games playing for ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup, Hayes averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 39% from 3. Prior to playing for ratiopharm Ulm, Hayes spent two years at Cholet in France’s LNB Pro A League.
Some analysts and scouts believe Hayes is one of the best pick-and-roll players in the draft, and along with LaMelo Ball, one of the best playmakers. One question about Hayes coming into the draft was his left-hand dominance, but the lefty told the media it shouldn’t be a concern.
“I can go right at will now,” Hayes told the media. “I can throw bullet passes with my right hand. It’s not an issue.”
With Detroit’s glaring point guard issues, Hayes could be a top candidate for Rookie of the Year since he will have an opportunity to make an impact.
Pick No. 16: Isaiah Stewart +8000
Detroit moved into the No. 16 spot when it made a swap with the Houston Rockets for Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 pick. The Pistons soon moved Ariza to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Detroit received Delon Wright from the Dallas Mavericks.
The pick for Stewart was surprising given no mock drafts had him going this early, nor was there much pre-draft discussion around the Pistons loving Stewart this much to consider him a mid-first round pick.
In his one year at the University of Washington, Stewart relied on his size and athleticism to bully opponents around the rim. It’ll be interesting to see how his game translates to the NBA and if he’ll be able to expand his offensive arsenal to complement his power inside. One thing that may gravitate the Pistons fan base toward Stewart is that he does play hard. For fans with fond memories of the Ben Wallace era, they can dream the 6-foot-9 Stewart ends up as a similar inside force.
Stewart likely won’t be counted on much early on, especially after the Pistons signed centers Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor in the early stages of free agency.
Pick No. 19: Saddiq Bey +8000
The Pistons added the No. 19 pick when they traded Luke Kennard to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal.
Detroit used the pick to draft Saddiq Bey of Villanova. Bey was one of the Wildcats’ best players last season, averaging 16.1 points, and 4.7 rebounds per game while converting 45% of his 3-point attempts.
At 6-foot-8, Bey is a versatile scorer who can force his way inside or knock down 3s and stretch defenses. His ability to shoot and space the floor should earn him minutes early in the season.
Favorites for Rookie of the Year
The Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball is the favorite to earn Rookie of the Year honors with +400 odds. The top overall pick, Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is the second favorite at +450.
Tied for third are the New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin and the Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman at +600.