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4. Ausar Thompson, F, Detroit Pistons

Even though Ausar Thompson was one of the bigger names stemming from the 2023 NBA Draft class, he was also considered the forgotten Thompson brother. Amen Thompson got most of the shine between the two brothers heading into the draft but Ausar has gotten off to a better start so far this season. Ausar is averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, and four assists per game in seven starts so far this season.

Admittedly, he’s struggled with his overall shooting efficiency numbers- he’s shooting just 38 percent from the field overall and 16 percent shooting from 3-point range. Despite his offensive woes, Ausar has still found a way to be productive and impactful for the young Pistons. What may even be most impressive about Ausar’s start is the fact that he’s averaging two blocks per game. For a 6-foot-6 wing, that’s mightily encouraging.

The Pistons may have found a gem in Ausar. He still hasn’t scratched the surface of the player he game be at the pro level, and is only going to get better as he continues to gain more experience.