**2nd Round: Mitch McGary, Johnny O'Bryant
While most of this season's ire has been directed at Josh Smith (and rightfully so), Brandon Jennings has also failed to live up to his contract. The importance of the point guard position in basketball needs no explaining, and it stands to reason that the Pistons' failures this season start with the play of Jennings and Will Bynum. Jennings is having one of his worst seasons this year scoring the ball, and his defense has been practically non-existent. Jennings' Defensive Rating of 111 is the worst of his career, and while that number is partially a reflection of the units he plays with, anybody who has seen Detroit play this season could tell you that Jennings hasn't played a lick of defense. He's not big enough to body up the bigger PGs and he gambles too often to take advantage of his quickness. At both ends of the floor, the Pistons could certainly find an upgrade.
Seeing as the Pistons have been a flaming pile of garbage
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DANTE EXUM - PG - 6'6, 185, - AUSTRALIA
If you've seen Dante Exum play before, you know there are more strengths to his game than weaknesses. However, one glaring weakness for Exum for the time being is his lack of strength. Looking at both his upper and lower body, it's apparent that Exum needs to add a good amount of mass to his frame. As he is now, Exum stands to be bullied by bigger NBA guards. While his length will be an asset on defense in the long run, he will probably be a negative on defense until he bulks up. Another area Exum stands to improve is his three point shooting. He isn't as far behind as most young, big point guards, but he would do wonders for his game with improved consistency from behind the arc.
Exum figures to be a top five pick, with some suggesting that he may even get consideration to go first overall. This means that the Pistons will require some luck to have a chance to take him. If Detroit can get into the top three picks and are able to pick Exum, he would fit in nicely at either backcourt spot. I would prefer that they played him at PG and shipped Jennings out, but his length and playmaking would also be appreciated at SG. Exum is just the type of player that the Pistons need to truly become one of the premier fast-paced teams in the NBA. This season, the Pistons feature the league's 4th most efficient fast break offense, but only play at the league's 10th-fastest pace. Part of playing faster for the Pistons would be getting stops and creating more turnovers, but another part of that would be showcasing a PG who is both a threat to score or pass on the break. Exum fits the mold there, moreso than Jennings. Regardless of whether he would be a fit or not, Detroit just doesn't have a guard with the type of talent that Exum has.
Dante Exum may not still be there when the Pistons pick, but if he is, he should warrant serious consideration from whomever the new GM is. His length, court vision and ability to create in transition could provide the Detroit backcourt with the spark it needs, and free up the Pistons to trade Brandon Jennings. Dante Exum has star potential and would make for a great young tandem with Andre Drummond for years to come.