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What Pistons Should Do With Eighth Pick
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 6, 2013 @ 12:17 pm In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
The Detroit Pistons are undergoing some major changes from the front office, to the coaching staff and the roster. They will pick eighth in the 2013 NBA Draft, which will be the next order of business after hiring a head coach. HOOPSWORLD asked their writers to debate over who the Pistons should take:
Draft C.J. McCollum
The frustrating reality for the Detroit Pistons is that when they pick 8th in this upcoming NBA Draft, the overwhelming majority of top-shelf talent remaining on the board is probably going to be from a pool of four or five upper-middle tier big men. Why is this frustrating? Because big men just about the only thing the Pistons seem to have under control thanks to the promising futures of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Luckily, there could still be a backcourt option available to them when they pick eighth, and there’s a good chance that player—Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum—could end up being this year’s Damian Lillard.
At 6’3”, McCollum is built like an NBA point guard but has experience playing both guard positions in college. That makes him an ideal pairing with Brandon Knight, another 6’3” combo guard that needs a more consistent backcourt mate than Rodney Stuckey, who had his worst season since his rookie year in 2012-2013, averaging only 11.5 PPG.
Although he missed over half of last season with a broken foot, McCollum scored almost 24 PPG in 31 minutes per contest in 12 games his senior year, proving that he’s the kind of scoring guard that could really give Detroit a shot in the arm offensively. As good as those frontcourt players are in Motown, they need someone that can knock down some threes and score from the perimeter once in a while to be most effective, and McCollum actually shot 51.6% from deep last season, sinking almost three 3-pointers a game.
He’s a small school kid, so it’s easy to overlook what he did and say those stats are just a result of him playing against subpar competition, but a four-year senior with that set of skills is something a young team like Detroit really needs. This kid can contribute immediately, and there is every expectation for him to be among the top three or four scoring rookies in this class. So why shouldn’t the Pistons grab him with that eighth pick?
- Joel Brigham
Draft Shabazz Muhammad
I’ve stated several times in the past that C.J. McCollum makes the most sense for Detroit since he’s one of the best guards in this class and he could be the perimeter scorer that the Pistons need. With that said, McCollum has a lot of fans around the NBA so there’s no guarantee that he’ll still be available at No. 8.
However, if McCollum is off the board or if Detroit decides not to draft another guard since they already have Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey in the backcourt, then the best pick for the Pistons may be Shabazz Muhammad. One year ago, the idea of Muhammad being available at No. 8 would have seemed crazy, but that’s what happens when ridiculous expectations are put on an incoming freshman.
Even though Muhammad wasn’t the superstar-in-the-making that everyone expected him to be at UCLA, he still showed that he’s a lottery-level talent. He’s a very good scorer with ideal size and a lot of potential since he was a one-and-done player. Sure, he’s one year older than previously believed, but he still has a lot of upside.
Another thing that separates Muhammad from some of the other players in this class is that he carries himself like a professional. That alone should help him win over some teams throughout this process. He’s mature beyond his years and he’s very good at selling himself. He was one of the most impressive players to interview at the NBA draft combine in Chicago, and he didn’t shy away from tough topics like his incorrect age or struggles in college. It’s not hard to imagine a team falling in love with Muhammad and looking past his issues after interviewing him and spending some time with him.
Muhammad’s stock has been slightly dropping lately, which is why he participated in the drills at the combine, but that could be a good thing for Detroit. If Muhammad was still a hot name, there’s no way the Pistons would’ve had a shot at landing him since he would’ve been long gone by the time they picked at No. 8. The questions surrounding Muhammad could be a blessing in disguise for Detroit since he’s an incredible value at eighth overall.
Muhammad could be the Pistons’ small forward of the future, developing alongside the team’s other young cornerstones Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Knight. Detroit already has Kyle Singler, who has played pretty well, but his ceiling is solid role player whereas Muhammad still has star potential even though he didn’t completely live up to the hype in college. Keep in mind, he wouldn’t be the first UCLA product who was underwhelming in college but ultimately turned into an NBA star.
The Pistons could a number of directions with their first-round pick, but they’ll definitely have to consider Muhammad if he’s still on the board at No. 8.
- Alex Kennedy
Draft Michael Carter-Williams
The Detroit Pistons reigned as one of the best teams for much of the 2000′s but have fallen on hard times since their last playoff appearance in 2009. Pistons’ General Manager Joe Dumars has faced his fair share of criticism over the last few years with Detroit struggling as cellar dwellers in the Eastern Conference.
One positive of winning 30 games or less over each of the last four seasons is that the Pistons have been able to accumulate top draft picks over each of the last few years. Top-10 picks Andre Drummond (number nine in 2012), Brandon Knight (number eight in 2011) and Greg Monroe (number seven in 2010) have all shown promise as NBA players. Now comes the test to keep the talent stream rolling with the eighth overall selection in the 2013 draft.
An intriguing prospect who has increased his draft stock over recent weeks is Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams. Over the last month, Carter-Williams has impressed scouts around the league with a combination of size, defensive prowess and playmaking ability. Adding the 6-foot-6 point guard would give Detroit the length at the point position that teams around the league salivate over.
Knight’s selection at the point just two drafts ago may not sway the Pistons vote either. Free agent Jose Calderon, who is likely to bolt from Detroit this summer, started alongside Knight when healthy this past year. Putting two playmakers on the floor could be a solid option for a Pistons’ team in desperate need of a player capable of distributing the ball into their talented frontcourt.
The Pistons could decide to go guard with Shabazz Muhammad as well later this month, and that’s certainly not a bad choice at number eight, but Carter-Williams could be the better all-around option.
- Derek Page
Draft Trey Burke
The Detroit Pistons made a midseason trade last season for Jose Calderon because a pass-first point guard was a major need for them. Calderon’s stint with the team was not that bad and if he comes back at a reasonable price, he’s worth re-signing. However, if the Pistons find themselves on the clock with Trey Burke still available on draft night, they need to draft him and let Calderon walk.
It’s not so much that Burke is a better player than Calderon is right now. In fact, he may not be. The Pistons could win more games with Calderon at the point next season than Burke, but Burke would come at a cheaper price and he has a tremendous amount of upside. He proved this year to be the best lead guard in college basketball, displaying great poise in clutch moments and all of the necessary skills needed to run a team at the next level.
The Pistons have their interior duo of the future in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. It’s vital that they have players who can get them the ball where they need it though, which Burke certainly can do.
The Pistons do already have Brandon Knight in the fold and Knight has always voiced a preference for running the point, but Burke’s value at eight is too good to pass on. Even if it means playing Knight at a position he’s uncomfortable with or eventually moving him, Burke remains worth the investment.
Going with a wing would make a lot of sense, but with the way things are projecting right now, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a wing worthy of going number eight available for the Pistons. Unless they want to reach for Sergey Karasev or Dario Saric, they’re going to have to either go big or go with a point guard, and point is the much bigger need right now.
- Yannis Koutroupis
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