Last-minute check: What NBA mock drafts are saying about Detroit Pistons and fifth pick

Detroit Free Press

Outside of Victory Wembanyama landing with the San Antonio Spurs at No. 1, you won’t find a lot of parity in the NBA mock draft this year littered across the internet.

The Detroit Pistons are, of course, selecting No. 5 after finishing with the worst record in the NBA during the 2022-23 season but falling the maximum amount of spots in the NBA draft lottery. That drop essentially took all potential certainty out of the draft night for the Pistons, but it did do one thing.

It made mock drafts that much more fun to track.

Based on the stature of the top three players — Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller — you can pretty much eliminate those names from potentially landing with the Pistons. But beyond that, the experts seem to think pretty much anything can happen.

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There’s no shortage of NBA mock drafts available to scroll through these days, so it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of just how things stand.

But that’s what we’re here for. We read through 25 mock drafts and compiled a list of who people think the Pistons will land.

Considering how unanimous the top three selections are, there is shockingly little consensus for whom the Pistons will select just two picks later.

Of the 25 mock drafts we read, Villanova’s Cam Whitmore slightly edged out Overtime Elite’s Ausar Thompson, with Whitmore getting mocked to the Pistons nine times and Thompson seven. Houston’s Jarace Walker was also a popular choice, going to the Pistons in five mock drafts we found.

Ausar’s twin brother, Amen, also got mocked to the Pistons twice, and Kansas’ Gradey Dick and UCF’s Taylor Hendricks also picked up votes.

Free Press Pistons beat writer Omari Sankofa II has the team taking Ausar Thompson, but he said he could definitely see the Pistons landing on Whitmore as well, who he had in his last mock draft.

One thing is for sure; the Pistons have done a good job of keeping people guessing.

Final mock draft roundup

1. Omari Sankofa II, Detroit Free Press: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

2. Jeff Zillgitt, Lindsay Schnell, Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY: Amen Thompson, F, Overtime Elite

3. Gary Washburn, Boston Globe: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

4. Dick Vitale, ESPN: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

5. Adam Finkelstein, 247Sports: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

6. Zach Harper, The Athletic: Jarace Walker, F, Houston

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7. Krysten Peek, Yahoo Sports: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

8. John Hollinger, The Athletic: Jarace Walker, F, Houston

9. Zach Braziller, New York Post: Gradey Dick, F, Kansas

10. Kyle Irving, Sporting News: Jarace Walker, F, Houston

11. Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo, ESPN: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

12. Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports: Taylor Hendricks, F, UCF

13. Rick O’Donnell, SBNation: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

14. Brett Siegel, ClutchPoints: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

15. Chinmay Vaidya and Collin Sherwin, DraftKings Nation: Jarace Walker, F, Houston

16. Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer: Ausar Thompson, G/F, Overtime Elite

17. Matt Babcock, SI FanNation: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

18. John Fanta, Fox Sports: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

19. David Cobb, CBS Sports: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

20. Brian Mahoney, AP News: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

21. Dan Woike, L.A. Times: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

22. Kyle Boone, CBS Sports: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova

23. Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: Amen Thompson, F, Overtime Elite

24. Ausar Thompson, F, Overtime Elite

25. Tankathon: Jarace Walker, F, Houston

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