The Blue Route Mock Draft: Pick #30 – Detroit Pistons

With the 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select…

Blue Route is bringing you draft coverage leading up to the NBA draft on June 20th, 2019. The NBA draft often sees movement, trades, and drama, so to prepare you for various potential outcomes, the Blue Route will be giving you draft profiles for the all of the likely top picks, as well as our very own mock draft.

2019 NBA Mock Draft Results
  1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
  2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
  3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
  4. Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Hunter
  6. Phoenix Suns – Coby White
  7. Chicago Bulls – Cam Reddish
  8. Atlanta Hawks – Sekou Doumbouya
  9. Washington Wizards – Bol Bol 
  10. Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes 
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  12. Charlotte Hornets – Darius Garland
  13. Miami Heat – PJ Washington
  14. Boston Celtics – Brandon Clarke
  15. Detroit Pistons – Rui Hachimura
  16. Orlando Magic – Goga Bitazde
  17. Atlanta Hawks (via trade with Brooklyn) – Nassir Little
  18. Indiana Pacers – Bruno Fernando
  19. San Antonio Spurs – Cam Johnson
  20. Boston Celtics – Talen Horton-Tucker
  21. OKC Thunder – Tyler Herro
  22. Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford
  23. Utah Jazz – Matisse Thybulle
  24. Philadelphia 76ers – Kevin Porter Jr.
  25. Portland Trail Blazers – Grant Williams
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers – Dylan Windler
  27. Brooklyn Nets – Keldon Johnson
  28. Golden State Warriors – Mfiondu Kabengele
  29. San Antonio Spurs – Carsen Edwards

2019 Pick Number 30 – Luka Šamanić

Height – 6’10″
Weight – 210lbs
Age – 19yrs 6mos
Wingspan – 6’10”
Position – Combo Forward/ Stretch 
Strengths – Good Shooter
Weaknesses – Negative wingspan, Questionable lateral quickness and strength

NBA comp – Dario Saric

Why it makes sense for Detroit

Detroit is a team centered around the immense talents of Blake Griffin. When you have someone as big and uniquely skilled as Griffin the challenge is building an offensive scheme to utilize those talents but that also doesn’t crumble the minute he walks off the floor. There is some logic to bringing in other skilled and mobile big men who can at least resemble Blake Griffin’s play style. 

Luka Šamanić, when viewed through a rosy lens, can at least resemble that style. He is tall, mobile and skilled. He lacks the sheer power of Griffin but again, you aren’t finding the next Blake Griffin at pick 30. 

2018-19 (KK OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA – SLOVENIA)

Appeared in 50 games (23 starts) averaging 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game, while shooting .374 from the field and .780 from the free-throw line…Scored a season-high 22 points against Sencur Gorenjska Gradbena Druzba Kranj (5/7)…Brought down a season-high 11 rebounds on three occasions…Dished out a season-high four assists in two contests…Stole the ball a season-high three times in two games…Produced three multi-block games…Reached double figures in points in 17 contests.

2017-18 (FC BARCELONA II/JUNIOR TEAM – SPAIN)

Appeared in 26 games (five starts) averaging 7.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.0 minutes per game, while shooting .374 from the field and .780 from the free-throw line…Scored a season-high 27 points on two occasions…Brought down a season-high 18 rebounds against Unicaja Malaga (1/6)…Dished out a season-high six assists versus Espoirs Lyon (1/5)…Recorded a season-high two steals against Divinia Seguros Joventut (1/7)…Blocked a season-high four shots against Unicaja Malaga (1/6)…Knocked down a season-high three three-point field-goals versus Actel Forca Lleida (1/12)…Reached double figures in nine contests.

2016-17 (FC BARCELONA JUNIOR TEAM – SPAIN)

Appeared in eight games averaging 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.0 minutes per game, while shooting .426 from the field, .333 from three-point range and .700 from the free-throw line…Scored a season-high 15 points against KK Crvena Zvzda (5/20)…Brought down a season-high 11 rebounds versus Divina Seguros Joventut (1/8)…Dished out a season-high three assists against Union Olimpija (1/6)…Blocked a season-high four shoots versus CB L ‘Hospitalet (1/8)… Reached double figures in four contests.

NATIONAL TEAM (CROATIA)

Represented Croatia at the FIBA 2018 U18 Euro Championship A, FIBA 2017 U18 Euro Championship B and FIBA 2016 U16 Euro Championship A…Across the three competitions, he has appeared in 21 games averaging 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.1 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game, while shooting .457 from the field, .342 from three-point range and .722 from the free-throw line…Named the FIBA 2017 U18 Euro Championship B MVP…Named FIBA 2017 U18 Euro Championship B All-Tournament Team…Named FIBA 2016 U16 Euro Championship A All-Tournament Team.

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