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What Clippers-Kings means for the Pistons’ draft

The Clippers-Kings game currently underway is the season’s final game that will affect the Pistons’ draft positioning. Here’s what each outcome would mean for Detroit:

If Clippers beat Kings

  • No. 1 pick: 3.55 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 4.1 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 4.85 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 0 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 29.95 percent
  • No. 8 pick: 47.8 percent
  • No. 9 pick: 9.3 percent
  • No. 10 pick: 0.4 percent
  • No. 11 pick: less than 0.1 percent
  • No. 55 pick: 50 percent

If Kings beat Clippers

  • No. 1 pick: 4.46666 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 5.1 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 5.93333 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 14.63333
  • No. 7 pick: 30.13333
  • No. 8 pick: 33.2 percent
  • No. 9 pick: 6.23333 percent
  • No. 10 pick: 0.26666 percent
  • No. 11 pick: less than 0.1 percent
  • No. 55 pick: 0 percent

Who cares about the No. 55 pick? I’m rooting for the Kings and better odds at the top of the draft.


  • Apr 17, 201311:17 pm
    by Brandon Knight


    Draft Dream……….?

  • Apr 17, 201311:21 pm
    by Mark


    Frank resigned!!!!!!!!

    • Apr 17, 201311:40 pm
      by Reaction


      He didn’t resign.. 

  • Apr 17, 201311:29 pm
    by tarsier


    Without Smart in the draft, the 8th pick will probably suck. Even the 7th pick depends on someone screwing up. Come on Kings, give Detroit a 29% shot at top 6.

    • Apr 17, 201311:55 pm
      by oats


      I like the odds someone screws up, but I don’t like the odds two teams screw up.

      • Apr 18, 201312:49 am
        by tarsier


        Indeed. But so much better if the Pistons can land in the top 6. That way, if someone screws up, they’ll actually get to make a choice.

    • Apr 18, 20138:49 am
      by I HATE FRANK


      dont think it matter much in the grand scream, the biggest factor is we need a wing player, and alot of the team projected ahead of us already have wing players.

      SN: Marcus Smart should have came out, he was pretty much a top 5 lock. Its like proving yourself all over again, and you still arent going to climb over Parker,wiggings, or athletic PF types like Aaron Gordon, and Randle…But some kids love college ball and life

      • Apr 18, 20138:50 am
        by I HATE FRANK


        “grand scheme”

        • Apr 18, 20139:09 am
          by G


          No, you were right the first time.

  • Apr 17, 201311:45 pm
    by gmehl


    So its halftime in the Clippers/Kings game with the Kings down 54-46. You could just imaging the talk management is giving them which would go something like ‘ok guys we all know what we have to do here…just try and hit shots because we are that bad if we actually try we’ll no  doubt miss which will improve our draft combos…whooooooa team’

    • Apr 18, 201312:52 am
      by tarsier


      Nice little 8-2 run. But they’ve gotta pull away. You don’t want to go against Chris Paul with a game that comes down to the last play.

      • Apr 18, 201312:58 am
        by tarsier


        Forced a key miss but couldn’t corral the board. That’s game.


      • Apr 18, 20131:05 am
        by tarsier


        Paul would bust out a 25-4-11 game with no TOs to cap the season. Arrrgh, it sucks to be rooting for his opponent.

  • Apr 18, 201312:04 am
    by Trysdor


    It’s kind of a weird game for the Kings. It’s potentially the last game they’ll ever play in from of the Sacramento fans.  Wonder if that has an emotional effect for them.  As for the management, I’m sure they don’t care if the team wins.  They certainly won’t be working there in a few weeks. 

  • Apr 18, 201312:06 am
    by Blocks by Dre


    Goodbye Burke…hello (insert non important player here)

    • Apr 18, 201312:13 am
      by jacob


      If we get they 7th pick we will still get a quality player.  LETS GO TIGERS

      • Apr 18, 201312:39 am
        by Blocks by Dre


        yeah…quality player. Well, that “quality” player (no matter how bad he sucks) will at least help us get Wiggins next year. This team has at least one more year left of being trash SINCE WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE TRASH AT THE RIGHT TIME!

        • Apr 18, 20131:05 am
          by jacob


          I think we will be a completely different team next year.

          • Apr 18, 20131:21 am
            by jacob

            Especially with that # 55

          • Apr 18, 20139:46 am
            by G

            Hope you’re right… Ray McCallum for the WIN!

            Seriously, what the hell is with this draft? 

  • Apr 18, 20132:55 am
    by Otis


    “Quality player” means nothing. We have plenty of those on the roster but almost nothing in the way of true centerpieces or even structure. Our cornerstones are two centers and a combo forward who will probably never start on a good team. We need to get some fixtures in place STAT. Drummond is one of them. Monroe may or may not be another. After them, nothing worth building around.

    • Apr 18, 20133:49 am
      by oats


      Most really good teams have 3 guys to build around, so Detroit isn’t all that far off. If you get 3 guys you can build around, and then you get some solid but ultimately expendable pieces to place around them you can make a run. That’s just the nature of the NBA. I will agree that Detroit needs to find a 3rd guy though.
      The team still needs quality players. Quality players on rookie deals are assets that can be used to try to facilitate a move to get one of those guys you can build around. And saying getting a quality player means nothing is petty absurd. While the team does need that 3rd centerpiece, it still needs a talent upgrade around the board. That’s realistically what the team is looking at with the 7th or 8th pick, another guy who isn’t a centerpiece but can still upgrade the team. That isn’t meaningless, it’s just a small step in the right direction.
      Also, I still don’t get the insistence that Monroe is a center. He has advantages and disadvantages at either of the power spots, and as best as I can tell they largely even out. He is more efficient offensively at center but his defense is more harmful at that position. He’s flawed at both positions, but he plays them both well. I get that most teams would make him a center, but that’s more because center is the tougher position to fill. Detroit happens to have a center, so Monroe will play primarily at power forward.

  • Apr 18, 20137:34 am
    by D_S_V


    Two weeks ago I was reasonably and excitedly trying to decide who out of the Mclemore, Oladipo, Porter group would best fit for the Pistons. 

    • Apr 18, 20138:29 am
      by G


      Oladipo’s still in play with the 8th pick, although it’s a stretch. The other 2 guys, gotta win the lotto.

    • Apr 18, 20139:01 am
      by I HATE FRANK


      Honestly a guy like Porter could slip,

      Olapido and Shabazz could move up….

      Measurements,,vertical, agility will be huge in a draft, where theres no clear defined number 1,2, and 3 ….

      Porter falls under one year wonder, Olapido one year wonder, and the rest are one and done players…

      Zeller and Burke, are the only 2 that arent one year wonders or one and done players…

      • Apr 18, 20139:13 am
        by G


        Porter isn’t slipping to the 8th pick unless he blows his ACL in the workouts or something. There are 4-6 teams picking ahead of Detroit that DESPERATELY need a wing player, and he’s the best SF in the draft.

        • Apr 18, 20139:29 am
          by I HATE FRANK


          just asking

          Name the teams?

          • Apr 18, 20139:39 am
            by G

            Cleveland, Phoenix, New Orleans, Sacramento, Washington (if they win the flip)… If a team like Minnesota wins a top 3, that’d be another.

          • Apr 18, 20139:40 am
            by I HATE FRANK

            To Be Clear

            btw: im not saying he going to slip to 8

            Im saying he could slip out of the top 3-4…

            even if he falls to 5 or 6 it benefits the Pistons at 7 or 8 ….

          • Apr 18, 201311:28 am
            by I HATE FRANK

            “”Cleveland, Phoenix, New Orleans, Sacramento, Washington (if they win the flip)… If a team like Minnesota wins a top 3, that’d be another”"

            3. Cavs could easily pick Bennett over Porter, He rebounds, can score from the wing, can score in the post, he going to run the floor and fill the lanes. He is getting larry johnson and Josh Smith comparision, very good athlete provides just more.

            4. Suns have Dudley At SF who they like, and Welsey Johnson who played his best ball in the 2nd half of the season….Shannon Brown is on the last year of his contract and could be traded…A player like Olapido with his energy and his athletic ability …could be more appealing for the Suns than Porter

            5. Hornets dont need Wing players, they need size. They already have Aminu continues to improve, they have Gordon, and they invest a lottery pick on Rivers last year, It makes sense for they to draft the best center not the best SF …which is Alex Len

            6. Kings could use Porter sure they can, but not if they re-sign Tyreke who has been playing SF , and if they move to settle which player is more Marketable Porter, Cody Zeller or Shabazz??? and if you look at the team make up Cody Zeller at PF and Cousins at Center makes a nice ying and yang front court tandem.

            7. Wiz It does makes sense for Porter to go here, because he played at Georgetown, and he’s be a nice 3rd or 4th option…but other than another fresher legs… what will he contribute that Webster and Ariza cant?  

            All im saying is Porter isnt a Lock, and If Shabazz out performes Porter epecially in the team workouts … but we will see

            This was just a what IF!

          • Apr 18, 201312:36 pm
            by G

            Porter is actually the best fit for the Cavs if they don’t get Noel. They already have Tristan Thompson, Bennett isn’t really a wing player.

            The Suns have been playing Wes Johnson at SG, and Dudley is a marginal NBA starter at best. Most of the projections have them taking Noel or Porter.

            New Orleans has the 5th pick, they aren’t taking Len or Zeller unless they’re stupid (not ruling that out). Aminu is weak, not much improvement over 3 years, and he doesn’t shoot the 3. Most projections I’ve seen have them taking Burke, or Porter if he falls to them at #5.

            The Kings aren’t getting Porter because they’re picking too late in the draft, unless they win a top 3 pick. Evans isn’t a SF, he’s a SG. Salmons plays SF, and obviously that isn’t ideal. Every projection I’ve seen has them taking the best wing player available. They aren’t taking a big.

            The Wiz ALSO aren’t getting Porter because they’re picking too late, but in answer to your question about Webster and Ariza, he gives them better shooting than Ariza and better defense and all-around game than Webster. Plus, Webster’s probably gone this summer. 

  • Apr 18, 20138:27 am



    Ben McLemore


    Nerlens Noel


    Otto Porter


    Anthony Bennett


    New Orleans
    Trey Burke


    Alex Len


    Cody Zeller


    Victor Oladipo


    Shabazz Muhammad

    So even without Smart this is how the draft shapes out….Wizards, Kings,Horents dont need Guards…. Burke will not go to the Hornets because they have vasquez…They are more likely to take Zeller or Len, unless they plan to trade Gordon, then they will take Shabazz or Oladipo

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