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Axios Detroit's NBA mock draft

Illustration of basketball as a crystal ball
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Pistons flipped their best asset Wednesday ahead of an important draft.

Driving the news: Jerami Grant was traded to the Trailblazers, but not for a 2022 first-round pick as fans had hoped.

Samuel Robinson
Jun 15, 2022 - Sports

The first openly gay football player was a Detroit Lion

Black and white image of Detroit Lions halfback Dave Kopay pictured in 1968 NFL season.
David Kopay shedding a tackle on Oct 27, 1968 against the 49ers. Photos courtesy of the Detroit Lions

πŸ‘‹ Hey, it's Sam. Did you know the first NFL player to come out as gay spent the 1968 season in Detroit?

Driving the news: I didn't, but learned about David Kopay during a Detroit Historic Pride walking tour with former city employee Michael Boettcher.

Joe Guillen
Jun 8, 2022 - Sports

Former Spartan joins Saudi-backed golf league

Golfer James Piot.
James Piot at LIV Golf press conference. Photo: Aitor Alcalde/LIV Golf/Getty Images

An ascending local golfer will tee off in London this week for the new controversial LIV Golf league's debut event.

Driving the news: James Piot, a Michigan State grad who recently competed at the Masters, joins a peculiar list of golf stars and grinders who risked domestic professional careers on the PGA Tour by playing in the Saudi Arabia-backed professional golf league.

Samuel Robinson
Jun 7, 2022 - Sports

Miguel Cabrera still somehow leading Tigers in batting average

Data: CBS; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

The 39-year-old Miguel Cabrera shouldn't be the rebuilding Tigers' best player.

Yes, but: With a .301 batting average and 11 more hits than anyone else on the team, Cabrera still leads Detroit in offensive production.

Michiganders wager billions on sports

Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios
Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Michigan is eighth in the nation in the amount of money bet on sports since 2018, Axios' Jeff Tracy reports.

  • Americans have wagered more than $125 billion on legal sports bets since PASPA was overturned four years ago.
Joe Guillen
May 18, 2022 - Sports

Pistons fall in NBA Draft Lottery

Pistons general manager Troy Weaver.
Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver. Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Pistons' lottery luck ran out last night.

Driving the news: Despite having the third-worst record last season, the Pistons will pick fifth in the NBA Draft on June 23.

Joe Guillen
May 17, 2022 - Sports

Pistons lottery fate unsealed tonight

Cade Cunningham handles the ball.
Cade Cunningham handles the ball. Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Can the Pistons secure the top draft pick in back-to-back years?

What's happening: The NBA Draft Lottery is 8pm on ESPN.

Joe Guillen
May 6, 2022 - Sports

Your guide to Detroit City FC's Open Cup run

Detroit City FC fans celebrate.
Detroit City FC fans at Keyworth Stadium in 2021. Photo: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images.

Plucky Detroit City FC is on a historic run toward U.S. Soccer's national championship.

Why it matters: DCFC has never advanced this far in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, further legitimizing it as a professional soccer club and creating more local buzz.

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