Ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers held the No. 16 overall selection.
The Blazers traded that pick along with Trevor Ariza for Robert Covington of the Houston Rockets. On Wednesday (aka NBA Draft night), the Rockets traded both Ariza and the pick to the Detroit Pistons.
And with the No. 16 pick, the Trail Blazers selected Huskies center Isaiah Stewart for the Pistons.
At 6’9” with a 7’4” wingspan, Stewart has the physical tools to compete in the league. He also has the motor on the offensive boards to give his team multiple possessions while having a good post-up game, even if post-ups are becoming extinct in the modern NBA.
In 32 games, Stewart averaged 17 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
The Huskies never really made a splash in the Pac-12 conference, finishing last in the conference at 5-13 last season, but Stewart’s sheer size and strength in the paint was a dominant force on both ends of the court. In his single season spent in the Emerald City, he set the UW freshman record for blocks (66) and rebounds (281) and reached double-figure scoring in every game but two.
Good luck in the Motor City, Isaiah!