Detroit Pistons Get First Overall Pick in NBA Draft Lottery

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June 24, 2021 ~ Tuesday, the Detroit Pistons secured the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft lottery.  The Pistons No. 1 pick was followed consecutively by the Houston Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Toronto Raptors.

Obviously we get to add another wing player to the restoration process,” said Pistons General Manager Troy Weaver.  “We’re excited to be in this position. But it means that we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re going to be diligent about it. But it always helps to be able to add the number one pick.”


June 23, 2021 ~ Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick discusses the Pistons being awarded the #1 pick at last night’s NBA draft lottery with Guy Gordon.

June 23, 2021 ~ Detroit Pistons Head Coach Dwane Casey talks to Mitch about getting the first pick in the upcoming draft and injuring himself during the celebration.

July 29, the Detroit Pistons will make their pick in the 2021 Draft, and are expected to select Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham.  However, Weaver stated that there are “four or five” players they have set eyes on. When asked whether they would trade the pick, Weaver said it is “possible.”

This marks the first top overall pick for the Pistons since Bob Lanier in 1970. The last top four draft pick for the Pistons came in 2003, when No. 2 pick Darko Miličić was chosen.

Former Pistons player and NBA Champion Ben Wallace — who is getting inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame later this year — was on hand during the Tuesday reveal, and could barely contain his excitement as the top four were revealed.