AUBURN HILLS- On June 24, 2010 the Detroit Pistons were winners when they selected Greg Monroe out of Georgetown. One year later the Pistons were fortunate enough to see a potential top 5 pick slip into their laps at number 8 overall when they selected the combo guard Brandon Knight from the University of Kentucky. Last season the Pistons were rewarded with Andre Drummond 9th overall when he was arguably the consensus second best player in the draft. What makes you think that the Pistons won’t get lucky again in the upcoming 2013 draft?
The Pistons are in a similar situation they were in the past three seasons. This is good news because Joe Dumars and the Pistons front office are familiar with draft slot they were placed into following the NBA draft lottery. When you get to the middle of the lottery, there is less pressure to make the right decision. The fan base isn’t expecting elite talent and it’s easier to take a risk, something the Pistons had luxury doing when they selected Andre Drummond. However, a more important reason is that talent could easily slide down from the top 5. Every year a prospect or two slip into the laps of someone outside the top 5. A team selecting around the range of the Pistons could easily come out of the draft with a better draft grade than anticipated, this in result boosts the fan support.
We won’t have a full idea of who might slip in the upcoming draft, so its hard to say who the Pistons could end up selecting. For the sake of this article, lets focus on who is expected to be there when the Pistons are on the board.
Michael Carter-Williams 6’6 185 lbs PG Syracuse
The Good: Tall and lengthy point guard that plays the passing lanes. A natural point guard with tremendous point guard instincts. Excellent defender with a good lateral quickness and is a good athlete
The Bad: Poor shooter, turnover prone, and not really sure if he can play man to man defense. Dribbles to high.
Overall: Fits nicely in the back court with Brandon Knight, size and defense is there. This pairing could make a pure up-tempo team. Holds a lot of questions marks but could be a boom or bust.
CJ McCollum 6’3 205 lbs PG/SG Lehigh
The Good: Excellent shooter, can create off the dribble and handles well for a point guard
The Bad: No natural position, small name school and injury concerns
Overall: If he is the selection it would be interesting to see what position he and Knight would play. If both start then you will have an undersized back court. Again could be a boom of a player but may not fit with the roster.
Trey Burke 6’1 185 lbs PG Michigan
The Good: Good play-maker, gets into the lane at will, excellent range, known to be a point guard, and a winner
The Bad: Size concerns and whether he is athletic enough to keep up with the modern day NBA guards.
Overall: Probably the best point guard in the draft, potentially one of the best players at the draft, do you want to give up on Knight? Burke and Knight would create a small back court but Burke could be your franchise point guard. If he’s on the board he could be the pick if the Pistons don’t trust Knight to sail the ship.
Shabazz Muhammad 6’5 225 lbs SF UCLA
The Good: Excellent scorer, left handed, nice range, potentially to be a good defensive player, NBA ready body, and was the number one player out of high school
The Bad: Poor attitude, age concerns, doesn’t get to the basket at will, considered to be one dimensional and seems to think he could be “the guy”
Overall: Short for a small forward, and concerns whether he can play shooting guard, but I think he should be okay. Would fit nicely but would you want his attitude in our locker room? The Pistons need a perimeter player who can shoot and defend and he can fit both of those needs.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6’6 205 lbs SG Georgia
The Good: Excellent shooter, good rebounding skills, good perimeter defender and has good size for the 2
The Bad: Relies on shooting too much, played in the SEC with weaker competition, and had poor workouts.
Overall: Might be a reach at 8 but on paper he is exactly what the Pistons need. If Brandon Knight could be the point guard, he might be the pick since his draft stock is rising.
Cody Zeller 7’0 230 lbs PF/C Indiana
The Good: Very mobile for his size, high IQ, good back to the basket and shows potential of range
The Bad: Needs to bulk up, considered to be weak for a big man and has a short wingspan(on ratio with his height)
Overall: The Pistons will take a long hard look at him because he does show the ability to pair up with Drummond and if he’s supposed to be the best on the board then they could go with him since he is a big man. Not sure if hes defensive abilities will improve much but he is playing with Drummond.
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