NBA Draft 2022: Ex-scout says Pistons may have “the best backcourt” in 3-5 years, Cavs found the right piece

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The 2022 NBA Draft came and went on Thursday when it was the starter for what will be an interesting offseason and a very exciting 2022-23 season that predicts later this year.

Former NBA scout Michael Vandegarde, who told Fox News Digital last week that he thought Jaden Ivey was the best prospect in the draft, said in a recent interview that he was fascinated by where the former Purdue stand ended up.

The Detroit Pistons’ Cade Cunningham # 2 sends the ball to the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter at the Little Caesars Arena on April 8, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Detroit Pistons selected Ivey with No. 5. It looked like he could have gone to the Sacramento Kings, but they decided to take former Iowa forward Keegan Murray with the fourth pick. Vandegarde said he thinks Ivey can fit better in Detroit, and the backfield with him and sophomore Cade Cunningham could be one of the best in the NBA.

“I think in 3-5 years it could be the best backfield in the NBA. That’s exactly what Jaden Ivey needs – a cool, calm guy next to him who could control the game and then do his thing. Just try to get Jaden to “Your Ivey point guard is probably a bit of a streak right away, but having it next to him is absolutely ideal,” Vandegarde told Fox News Digital.

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He said he understood why the Kings went on to Ivey, but wondered how a team that has not had much success in the last 16 years went away from a talent like Ivey.

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Detroit Pistons Draft Selection Jaden Ivey watches during Detroit Pistons Draft Press Conference at Rouge Park June 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit Pistons Draft Selection Jaden Ivey watches during Detroit Pistons Draft Press Conference at Rouge Park June 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.
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“If it was Kings, I probably would not have passed him on, but I understand. They have De’Aaron Fox. They have Davion Mitchell, whom they love. They were willing to swap (Tyrese) Haliburton to get Davion more. “I understand that they are drafting (Keegan) Murray,” said Vandegarde.

“It makes sense, but losing star talent is very, very, very troublesome when you’re at the top of the draft. You’re bad for a reason. You need the best player. I think Jaden Ivey is the best player. But I understand why they did it, and I think Jaden Ivey probably ended up in a better situation with Detroit than the Kings. “

Vandegarde, who was a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers for 18 years, compared Ivey to Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant – even more athletic.

Ivey was a consensus second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten Conference in 2022 after his second season with the Boilermakers. He played in 36 games and had an average of 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists before deciding to become a pro.

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When it comes to teams that did enough to take a leap to the post-season, Vandegarde was not so sure that this was the draft to do so. He said he liked what the Houston Rockets did, and chose former Auburn star Jabari Smith Jr. to connect with Jalen Green, but added that they were still very young.

“But I think there should be a lot of hope for the future. With Jalen Green, Jabari Smith, it’s an exciting young group,” he said.

A behind-the-scenes photo of Jabari Smith Jr.  during the 2022 NBA Draft June 23, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

A behind-the-scenes photo of Jabari Smith Jr. during the 2022 NBA Draft June 23, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Vandegarde mentioned that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ choice of Ochai Agbaji with number 14 was exactly what the team needed to possibly make them challengers close to the upper half of the Eastern Conference.

Agbaji led Kansas to a national championship last season. He was a Consensus All-American, 2022 Big 12 Player of the Year and the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He averaged 18.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 39 games for the Jayhawks.

“It’s just the kind of player they need, and they’ve grown and they’ve gotten so much better in a year. It could be a piece that really lifts them to … instead of being eight, nine ten, they are. now four five, six, “Vandegarde told Fox News Digital.

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The Cavaliers were in the top four or five at the conference most of the season until late injuries and a losing streak forced them into the playoffs where they would lose to the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks. But with a young corps around him led by Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Isaac Okorko, the team could certainly make some noise. Not to mention that Collin Sexton returning from injury to start the year will be a big help.

Kansas 'Ochai Agbaji shoots over Stony Brooks' Elijah Olaniyi and Frankie Policelli, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas ‘Ochai Agbaji shoots over Stony Brooks’ Elijah Olaniyi and Frankie Policelli, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Lawrence, Kan.
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He mentioned that other teams have guys who can help them in the long run, but nothing changes the franchise on the surface. He applauded the San Antonio Spurs, Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors for adding some important pieces to their selections.

San Antonio selected Jeremy Sochan from Baylor, the Grizzlies selected Walker Kessler from Auburn and the Warriors picked up Patrick Baldwin Jr., from UW-Milwaukee.

Although he is not focused on scouting, Vandegarde teamed up with CoachTube. The digital platform provides online sports coaching and training from those who were experts in their respective fields.

Vandegarde recently told Fox News Digital that he has received a lot of good feedback from those who use it.

“It’s been fantastic. I think coaches like to get their name out there. It’s clear the world has changed over the last eight to ten years. You used to sell videos at Walmart on the shelves, and now everything has moved on. to a digital age and the feedback has been amazing, “he said.

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“I think for someone who lives in a certain part of the world or even a certain part of the United States, you do not have access to the training facilities and training at the elite level. And CoachTube, I think, really fits that void.”