August 20, 2022

Troy Weaver didn’t mince words when describing how good Thursday was for the Detroit Pistons.

They left the 2022 NBA Draft with a guard widely considered best in class, Jaden Ivey, and a big man, Jalen Duren, who could end up being the best center. They’re both explosive athletes in their own way — Ivey has elite speed and jumping ability, and Duren is built like a brick house and can catch and finish almost any lob from Detroit’s guards.

The Pistons have become much more athletic and more talented. Their front office is very happy.

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“Throughout the process, we had about seven guys that we really liked, and those two were at the top of the list,” the Pistons general manager said at an introductory press conference at Rouge Park. Friday. “I’m thrilled. You can’t see it because I’ve probably had six hours of sleep in the past 14 days, but I’m more excited than I’ve ever been.”