Chicago Bulls: Grading the Central Division’s First Round

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Detroit Pistons: B

The Pistons selected No. 15 and no one thought Sekou Doumbouya would be there after most mock drafts had him around No. 9-13 overall, but he was and Detroit didn’t hesitate to draft him.

The french-pro from Limoges has been compared to NBA Champion Pascal Siakim and if he pans out to anywhere near that potential then snagging him at No. 15 is a bargain.

There was other talent available at No. 15 like Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Luka Samanic that could have fit the Pistons immediate needs, but Doumbouya is worth the risk right outside the lottery.

The a nice fit offensively, Doumbouya can stretch the floor enough with his range out there with Reggie Jackson, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. He also runs the floor incredibly well and he’ll be a difference maker in the transition game with that group.

Doumbouya averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 48.2 percent shooting from field goal range in 19 minutes per game with Limonges.

Doumbouya’s shooting touch and shot selection impressed in his final year overseas. He averaged 34.3 percent from three, hitting 23-of-67 on the season, and 23-of-29 (79.3 percent) from the free throw line.

The defensive ability with the three of them on the floor together plus the addition of Tony Snell via trade with the Bucks is a solid start in Motown.

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