The 2012 NBA Draft is over! The draft was very entertaining, plenty of surprises to go around but that is what made it great.
Anyway let’s talk Detroit Pistons. The Detroit Pistons had three picks in this draft, the 9th pick, the 39th pick and the 44th pick. The Pistons kept all picks and did not make any moves to trade them or etc.
Now let’s start with the Pistons first pick. Pistons drafted Andre Drummond of Connecticut with the 9th pick in the draft. Now in my opinion this was somewhat of a dream come true for the Pistons since Drummond was not expected to slide down to the Pistons. However he did slide down to the Pistons and they made the right move by drafting him.
I like this pick for the Pistons. Andre Drummond is 6-foot-11 and 279-pounds. He is often compared to Amare Stoudamire or DeAndre Jordan. Defensively Drummond is great for the Pistons. He is known for having a nice defensive presence because of his great physicality and athleticism which will serve the Pistons well. Offensively he may not be the most efficient but he has plenty of potential, we just have to hope the Pistons can help unleash it. Drummond does need to work on his free throws though; he shot 29% from the line as freshman at Connecticut, which is unacceptable. This young man is considered a risk but he is risk worth taking a chance on and I am happy the Pistons took that chance.
Pistons didn’t receive another draft selection until the second round where they had two draft picks.
Pistons first pick in the second round was the 39th pick. The Pistons selected Kris Middleton of Texas A&M.
I am not big fan of this pick. I would have preferred to see the Pistons draft a Jae Crowder but unfortunately he wasn’t available. Another reason I have concerns for this pick is because Middleton is a late blooming prospect with solid size. Middleton has had some injury problems and didn’t really show any signs of improvement in any aspects of his game. I would have actually preferred to see him stay another year and develop. However if Middleton is able to get going he can be a nice addition to the Pistons. Middleton has a nice soft touch out to about 22 feet. He is able to make shots off screens, spotting up or off the dribble. Lastly, he appears to be very coachable, and he still has upside remaining as he gets stronger and fills out his frame. So as I said this young man has decent potential to be a key on the Pistons.
Lastly the Pistons had one more pick in the second round and that pick was the 44th pick in the draft.
With the 44th pick the Pistons drafted Kim English of Missouri. English is a 6-foot-6 and 192-pound guard. I like this pick for the Pistons because this young man is a consistent three point shooter. He also has a high basketball IQ and other complimentary features. However English does need to put on bulk so he can body up with stronger 2-guards. The other reason I like English is because defensively he plays with concentration and intensity, which is all you can ask from someone who lacks strength and explosive athleticism. This in my opinion was a good pick up for the Pistons.
Overall I am pretty content with the Detroit Pistons draft selection with the exception of Andre Drummond, the Pistons drafted underrated role players which is something they need. I think all of these young men have the potential to help Pistons get back to greatness. However as much as I believe that all these young men have plenty of potential, the question remains, can the Pistons unleash their potential?
I know I can’t wait to find out and I am sure you can’t either. I am looking forward to seeing what type of contracts the Pistons sign these young men to. I also look forward to watching them in the off season workouts and summer league.
My grade for the Detroit Pistons NBA Draft Picks:
I feel a front court based around Drummond and Monroe can be devastating. Kris Middleton has some issues but adds some good shooting for the team. Kim English will be a steady back-court presence for the team.
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