Pistons Select Dinwiddie; 2 Michigan & 2 MSU Players Go in 1st Round of NBA Draft

Posted at 12:01 AM, Jun 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-27 00:01:12-04

pistonsBROOKLYN, NY (June 26, 2014) — The Detroit Pistons selected Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie with their only pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Pistons had to wait until the second round before taking Dinwiddie 38th overall after losing their first round pick to the Charlotte Hornets as part of a trade involving Ben Gordon and Corey Maggette in 2012.

While the Pistons didn’t have a first round pick, the state of Michigan was well-represented in the first round with two Michigan Wolverines and two Michigan State Spartans selected in the first 21 picks of the draft.

Nik Stauskas was the first in-state player to be selected going to the Sacramento Kings with the eighth overall pick. His former Wolverine teammate Mitch McGary would be selected 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fellow Wolverine Glenn Robinson III had to wait until the second round before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th overall selection.

Michigan State’s Adreian Payne heard his name announced after the Atlanta Hawks selected the former Spartan with the 15th overall pick. Fellow Spartan Gary Harris was drafted by the Chicago Bulls four picks later but then was traded to the Denver Nuggets.