The Detroit Pistons would love to be a consistent winner who was regularly in the playoffs and building towards championship contention.
The Memphis Grizzlies are also a young team but they are a few seasons ahead of the Pistons but right where they want to be.
The Grizzlies have built a winning team in a small market without making any big splashes in free agency, which is pretty much what the Detroit Pistons hope to do in the Motor City.
If the Pistons want to evolve into a consistent winner, then they should study the Memphis Grizzlies, who have shown them the path.
Detroit Pistons: Build through the draft
If you look at the Memphis Grizzlies roster, nearly all of their players are guys they drafted. This not only speaks to their strategy but their ability to find talent in the draft.
Yes, they got lucky to get a potential superstar in Ja Morant, but they have also hit on Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke and Desmond Bane.
Morant and Jackson Jr. are really the only ones in that group with star potential, but the Grizzlies found complementary players who make an impact.
The Detroit Pistons are hoping to do the same thing this draft, as they will have a chance to add a potential star to a very talented group in Killian Hayes, Isiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey.
They are just missing the transcendent star, so if the Pistons can find their Ja Morant in this draft, they will be well on their way to building a team mostly through draft picks, which is what you have to do if you are not a big free-agent attraction.