NBA Draft Lottery: Could Pistons give Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis right environment to thrive?

The Detroit Pistons need another option on hand and this year’s draft class has a few options at the top who would certainly fill those roles. But the pistons should fall out of the top three spots, there are still a number of players that can fill that role.

Like Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Davis had a breakout sophomore season that saw him take on a larger offensive role in the absence of a proven scorer. The 20-year-old guard showed that he could do a little of everything on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. He was particularly dangerous with the ball in his hand and showed comfort in rising to the occasion.

JOHNNY DAVIS

  • Position: Guard
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 196 pounds
  • Age: 20
  • Key stats: 19.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 42.7% FG, 30.6% 3FG

The 20-year-old guard is great in transition because he runs the floor hard and plays aggressively and confidently on both ends of the floor. He’s effective at drawing fouls when he creates contact and tries to finish in transition. He has solid body control that allows him to create space in driving lanes and scouts said e has the ability to post up small guards and can use his shoulders to create space for turnaround jumpers.

Scouts have also been impressed with his ability to knock down shots from midrange, including his ability to make pull-up mid-range jumpers. But they have also noticed that Davis is developing range and shotmaking ability. He has occasionally taken advantage of defenders as a spot-up shooter in the minimal possessions he has played off the ball.

On top of his developing offensive game, Davis is projected to develop into a tough defender at the NBA level. Scouts noted that he has a competitive mindset, strong fundamentals, and fast feet that would make him a nuisance on the ball. NBA scouts noted that Davis showed a willingness to guard the opposing team’s best offensive wings. Davis has shown plenty of instincts for getting into passing lanes, averaging 1.2 steals per game.

Scouts wonder if Davis has a natural offensive feel for the game due to his assist to turnover ratio. He averages 2.1 assists per game to 2.3 turnovers, which could make things difficult for Davis should he be forced into a role as a team’s primary ballhandler. He also had some trouble with his shot selection and scouts noticed that he had some trouble getting into the paint against aggressive defenders. That led to some heavily contested shots.

But Davis could be a fit with the Pistons because he showed the ability to shoulder a scoring role when Wisconsin needed him to. With improved consistency from long range, he could be a solid running mate for Cade Cunningham, who would be the primary ball-handler. He could thrive in the NBA with a lighter workload because at Wisconsin, scouts noted he wore down with the combination of injuries, the amount of playing time and his responsibilities as the main scorer and best defensive player on his team.

With the Pistons, he likely would not need to be the first or even second option with Cunningham and Saddiq Bey on the floor. But he would provide Detroit with a third option that could consistently score and defend on any given night.

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