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Detroit Pistons: Pre-Draft Needs and Expectations

Posted By Lauren Beasley On Jun 26 2012 @ 7:50 pm In Detroit,Detroit Pistons | 1 Comment

It’s almost time for the NBA Draft and it’s almost time for the Detroit Pistons to make some tough decisions in this year’s NBA draft. Pistons don’t have the best draft history; I mean can you say Darko Milicic…..draft bust!

However it’s a new day and let’s hope the Pistons front office will do a better job in this year’s draft.

Now the Detroit Pistons have three picks in this draft, they have the number nine overall pick in the draft and they have two second round picks (39th and 44th pick).

There has been a lot of speculation on what the Pistons should do with their first pick in the draft, some say they need to go get a big man others say they need a legit scorer on the wing.

I personally believe the Pistons need to go for the big man first, mainly due to the fact that there are plenty of legit wing scorers in the draft that they should be able to draft in the second round. The only way I wouldn’t mind if the Pistons took a wing in the first round is if it was a player like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal or Jeremy Lamb and since they are all expected to be taken before the 9th pick, it’s mostly irrelevant right now.

I will say this though, if Andre Drummond of Connecticut drops to the ninth pick, I am very confident that the Pistons would draft him. Unfortunately I don’t believe he will drop to the Pistons. I expect him to be drafted between 2nd and 7th pick.

First Round Draft Options for the Pistons:

Now let’s get back to the Pistons taking a big man with their first pick. I would either like to see them draft John Henson of North Carolina or Meyers Leonard of Illinois.

I like Henson because he has good length and energy that makes him a disruptive presence on the defensive end of the floor, and a solid rebounder. He has decent post presence and I believe he would he be a good fit for the Pistons. The downside of his game is really just his size but if he can bulk up, his potential really is unlimited.

Then I also like Leonard, he lacks the NBA readiness and polish but he is a fluid big man with great size and ability to add strength. His jump shot production from his freshman to sophomore year was tremendous. The downside of Leonard is that he is still a work in progress but most big men in the draft are nowadays.

I would be happy with either pick; both have their ups and downs in their games but what player doesn’t. The point is, the Pistons need another post presence to complement Greg Monroe and I believe either Henson or Leonard could be that person for the Pistons.

First Round Draft Maybe Options for the Pistons:

However I will say this I would not mind the Pistons spending their first pick on Terrance Jones of Kentucky or Perry Jones III of Baylor. I like both players. Jones has great versatility, speed and strength, he is an aggressive scorer who can play the 2 or 3 and is a decent defender as well. Then Jones III also has a lot of versatility, size, speed, athleticism, and the ability to shoot.  The main concern I have with both these pick is, can the Pistons help unleash their unlimited potential and help make them the elite players we know they can be? I don’t know if they can or not. We won’t know unless the Pistons draft one of them.

I also want to discuss Austin Rivers briefly. I know some people would like to see the Pistons take Austin Rivers of Duke especially since the Pistons have now traded Ben Gordon. Now, I like Rivers, even though I think he is coming out to early but besides that I just don’t think he is a good fit for the Pistons. Rivers is a great scorer but he is really an undersized two guard and if you haven’t noticed he also plays no defense, at least not good defense. Pistons have a good point guard in Brandon Knight and good scorer in Rodney Stuckey. I just don’t feel they need Austin Rivers. Plus in my opinion the Pistons have way too many guards as it is. They have Knight, Stuckey and Bynum. They don’t need any more scoring guards especially an undersized two guard who doesn’t really play defense. I like Rivers I just don’t think he is what the Pistons need.

Now we move to the second round, the Pistons have the 39th and 44th pick in the second round, now personally I would like to see them go get a scoring wing in this round and another big man or workhorse/hustle player.

Second Round Draft Scoring Wing Options for the Pistons:

William Buford of Ohio State is a legit scorer just somewhat in consistent. He has good length and size for the wing defensively. I just worry about his lack of speed defensively and his inconsistency as a scorer. However he is a good teammate, a workhorse and good scorer with good length.

Darius Miller of Kentucky is legit option as well. Miller is a stellar defender, a winner, can shoot the lights out, and is very athletic. Once again he is another option to play the 2 and 3 and is very versatile.

Hollis Thompson of Georgetown is a wing with solid physical tools at 6’8 205, and a long build. Standout trait is definitely his jump shot. He is a pretty good athlete  and is very smooth and fluid. The downside is he is somewhat one dimensional, more of outside shooting threat.

Jared Cunningham of Oregon State is somewhat undersized for a NBA shooting guard, but possesses strong athleticism which should help compensate for his average size. He has a good first step and excellent quickness in the open floor, and is capable of playing above the rim. He is great defender with quick feet and hands. He needs to improve his perimeter shooting.

Second Round Draft Big Men Options for the Pistons:

Festus Ezeli of Vanderbilt, he is said to have a lot of the same characteristics as Serge Ibaka. He is extremely long, athletic and is very quick. He blocks shots very well and can rebound. He needs to work on his offensive game.

Kyle Quinn of Norfolk State is athletic, strong and huge. He can rebound, block shots and intimidate. However, he is still very raw offensively, and some have questioned his court sense.

Miles Plumlee of Duke has been mentioned a couple of times to me before. It wouldn’t be too bad of pick. He is a physical big man, excellent all-around athletic tools and very good jumping ability. He is very active offensively without the ball but the downside is he is very limited offensively with the ball.

Tornike Shengelia of Charleroi (International). He has terrific footwork in the post and is a savvy passer as well; possess a nice feel for the game. He also is labeled as a nice defender the main thing they look for him to improve is his jump shot.

Underrated Workhorse Draft Option for the Pistons:

Jae Crowder of Marquette is an efficient player in on both ends of the floor. He’s extremely intelligent operating off the ball, having a knack for moving to the right spot to catch and finish in a simple and effective manner. He could be that consistent workhorse that the Pistons need and want.

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