Michigan’s Livers, Iowa’s Garza Highlight Pistons Second Round Picks

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons entered the 2021 NBA Draft with the No. 1 overall pick and selected Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma state on Thursday night.

The Pistons went into the draft holding picks 37, 42 and 52 but before they took Cunningham as the top pick, they traded away the No. 37 overall pick to Charlotte in exchange for the 57th pick.

Detroit then proceeded to draft two stars out of the Big Ten.

With the 42nd overall pick the Pistons took Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, the Kalamazoo native and Michigan’s 2017 Mr. Basketball.

They stayed in the Big Ten for their pick at 52 selecting the consensus NCAA National Player of the Year, Luka Garza out of Iowa.

Livers spent four seasons at Michigan, starting 69 of 119 career games, and averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds a game in his senior season.

Garza was also a four-year college player who averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds as a junior and 24.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as an Iowa senior, starting 118 of 127 games over his career.

A 22-year-old, Garza was also named the winner of the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award, one of six of the major postseason awards he won.

The Pistons finished the night by taking 7-footer Balsa Koprivic with the No. 57 overall pick, a Serbian native who spent the past two seasons at Florida State.