Possible Picks for Pistons
I'm a huge Pistons fan, and considering the way the Cavs made fools of my boys, I was wondering exactly who is a good fit for them in this draft. I keep hearing about BJ Mullens or Austin Daye, which IMO would be catastrophic for the future of the team, since neither one are within moderate playing time in the League. I keep saying that Clark or Johnson would be good fits, along with Hansbrough or Blair. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestion for my Pistons to return to the top of the East
It would be better if the Pistons could trade up for someone like Thabeet cause they don't really have anyone to play the C position. But who knows Dumars works magic during draft night.
Stuckey might be their only clear piece for the future. If Jennings falls take him. Here's my list for them.
1. Jennings- too good to pass up
2. Teague- good pg with great shot could play very well next to stuckey sharing the point
3. Clark- could help fill a hole wherever needed
4.Johnson- a bull who can bring some toughness
Hopefully a Summers, Brown or Young will reach them at 35.
Look for Cunningham and Green with the other 2 2nd rounders.
The only attractive pieces Detroit can offer to move into top-5 territory for Thabeet is Hamilton, Prince, and/or this year's first rounder. Another possibility would be package those second rounders and trade back into the first and grab another big like Gibson or whoever falls to them
I say trade whoever has value and draft Teague. That leaves you with a good backcourt. Draft the 2nd rounders I mentioned and get a big in next years loaded draft.
With the way this past season went, Dumars is definitely in rebuild mode, so taking Teague, sliding Stuckey to the 2 and taking Young, Cunningham, and Green, going through a lottery season, and getting a top-10 pick is not bad if and only if it results in Aminu, Favors, or Aldrich coming to the D
Monroe, Davis and all of the other Freshman bigs you havent mentioned. Detroit will be ok. Just dont take Mullens, Daye, or Blair with his knees. Teague/Stuckey backcourt could be special.
I think he is solid but not really untouchable. I would see what else is out there with him as bait. I'm not sold on him being a point guard and he does not shoot it well enough to be a two guard. He is a solid combo guard who should have came off the bench so Iverson could start. That coach F'^cked stuff up there real bad.
As long as Dumars don't throw on his Matt Millen hat and botch another first rounder a la Darko, I'm pretty much content on whatever route he takes
Sorry guys... Dumars isn't rebuilding, he's reloading. Detroit is working on something WAY bigger than keeping a pick that won't get them within a sniff of the second round. Dumars and Co. want to win NOW not develop a player for 2 to three years. Detroit's whole plan revolves around free agency, not the draft. I even saw an article that said Detroit likes Jrue Holiday to fall to them, which should tell you how committed they are to this draft since there is almost no chance Holiday falls out of the lottery at this point.
The Pistons are going to address one of their biggest needs in this draft: a shooter. Think about. If you want to draft somebody who can contribute immediately, guys like Austin Daye, Jrue Holiday, BJ Mullens and Jeff Teague aren't going to get it done. Pure shooters, on the other hand, can translate immediately to the league and can be successful. Guys like Jason Kapono, Kyle Korver, and Daniel Gibson all made easy transitions into the league and they are mainly shooters today. Enter Stephen Curry. The Pistons wouldn't need to trade up into the top 5 (I think 7 is the magic number to grab him, since the Knicks won't budge at 8 and will take him if he's available), and they can swap picks while sending off two of their second round picks along with Jason Maxiell.
Golden State would do this because of their lack of brute strength down low and because they will still be able to grab a great point guard at 15 (people say Flynn would be perfect for them, but so would Teague and Evans).
Back to the Pistons: they don't need to draft a starter in this draft, just somebody who can contribute and flourish in their role on the team. The Pistons have ZERO 3-point specialists right now, and Curry will be able to succeed in Detroit because he won't be asked to do too much; just sit in the corners and hit 3's or come around some screens and get some open shots.
Finally, to address the rest of the rumors, why would the Pistons draft Teague when they are sold on Stuckey as their point guard? Unless Dumars wants a backup point guard (which he doesn't because he loves Will Bynum's toughness), there is no reason to try to move Stuckey to the 2 because the team's leading scorer is sitting there as their captain and shooting guard. Holiday is possible because he can provide a spark off the bench and is more of a combo guard, and if the Pistons stick with the 15th pick I can see them doing that, but Teague is a ridiculous pick. And if Dumars learned anything from the Darko draft, he won't pick BJ Mullens.
Besides, look at the two Ohio State freshmen before Mullens: Oden and Koufos haven't amounted to anything in the league (yet) and it appears as if neither of them will. They simply are not prepared for the NBA, they play SOFT in the post, and they are probably the two ugliest men on the face of the earth: all qualities they share with BJ.
The pistons need to try and work out a deal with Washington to try and get the 5th pick. Washington wants out and Detroit wants in. Trade Hamilton to Washington for the 5th pick(send Songailia and Pecherov for contracts) and trade Prince to Toronto for the 9th and Humphries, banks, and ukic(it works). Both these deals address needs for all the teams. Washington gets a veteran SG who could lead that team into the playoffs. Toronto gets a SF, and if you check their roster there isn't a single one listed on there. Detroit can go thabeet or Hill with the 5, Derozand with 9, and Clark with 15. That's 3 starters for the future that they can pick up in one draft. Lineups...
All of those teams look better now.
Mullens and Daye wouldn't be good fits because they just don' t have the toughness that Detroit likes its players to have. If someone like Jennigs or Holiday falls to 15 then the Pistons have to take them. I'm sure Stuckey would like to play SG some. There is just too much value there to pass up a potential star like Jennings or Holiday. I really don't think Blair or Hansbrough would offer much just because I don't see either one of them as much of an upgrade over Maxiell. Its a shame there aren't any good Centers worth drafting. If Holiday & Jennigs don't fall then the Pistons will HAVE to take Earl Clark or James Johnson. Both of them would offer more size and much more muscle than Prince.
Tyler Hansbrough - 15th - You need to replace Mcdyess - He can come in and play right away -either the bench or start
The 3 second round picks - take the best big man available, pick up a point guard - this year is deep with PG,
trade the last
Go hard at Hedu - Ben Gordon
Bring in David Lee or Brandon Bass of Dallas(my sleeper)
Not Boozer -Then next year go after Bosh -
I really like Tyler Hansbrough, but taking him at 15 is a bit of a stretch. If the Pistons can't get Curry, Clark, or Holiday, they will probably just move down to a spot where they can still get Psycho T. The first trade that comes to mind is moving down to #20, with the Jazz including Morris Almond or somebody similar in the deal. At 15 Utah can get a shooting guard they so desperately need (Tyreke Evans or Chase Budinger) and the Pistons can get Hansbrough at 20.
Hansborough's stock is on the rise a bit. I'm beginning to doubt he'll be there at 20. Not saying he shouldn't be - just saying I don't think he will be. If the Pistons like him, they should grab him at 15. Plus if they are in reloading mode vs. rebuilding, he's nearer his ceiling than most other prospects this year & thus ready to contribute right away.