Jaden Ivey, left, high fives members of the Boys and Girls Club as Jalen Duren stands at right after the Detroit Pistons introduce them as new draft picks Friday, June 24, 2022 at Rouge Park in Detroit.

Detroit Pistons excited to be faster, more athletic after draft

Troy Weaver didn’t thin words when describing just how good Thursday was for the Detroit Pistons.

They exited the 2022 NBA draft with a guard widely considered the best in the class, Jaden Ivey, and a big man, Jalen Duren, who could end up being the best center. They’re both explosive athletes in their own way — Ivey has elite speed and leaping ability, and Duren is built like a brick house and can catch and finish nearly any lob from Detroit’s guards.

The Pistons got significantly more athletic and more talented. Their front office is very happy.

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“Throughout the process we had about seven guys we really liked, and these two were at the top of the list,” the Pistons general manager said during an introductory news conference at Rouge Park on Friday. “I’m thrilled. You can’t see it because I’ve probably had six hours of sleep in the last 14 days, but I’m more excited than I’ve ever been.”

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