Jaden Ivey is congratulated by his mother, Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey, after being selected fifth overall by the Pistons in the first round of the NBA draft at Barclays Center on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

A for Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren

Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver pulled off another strong NBA draft on Thursday night, taking Purdue guard Jaden Ivey at No. 5 and trading with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks to nab Memphis center Jalen Duren at No. 13.

The Pistons also added Italian wing Gabriele Procida in the second round, with the 36th overall pick. Grading Detroit’s three selections:

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No. 5: Jaden Ivey: A+

Ivey wanted Detroit, and the Pistons wanted Ivey.

If ESPN analyst — and unabashed New York Knicks fan Stephen A. Smith had his way, Ivey would be heading to New York, but it was obvious the former Boilermaker wouldn’t fall that far.

Ivey’s quick first step and his ability to attack the basket and get to the free throw line should complement backcourt mate Cade Cunningham well. The duo’s potential certainly has Weaver and fans excited.

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