In my opinion after the top 6 picks the parity in the draft between rest of the first round is really small.
At the 9th pick there is no players that i would want the pistons to target predicted to go in that range. Ive heard about the pistons targeting Henson, Rivers, Leonard and Zeller. Id be extremely dissapointed if the pistons took one of these 4. Thats why i think the pistons should try and trade down and see if they can pick up bostons 21st and 22nd pick for their 9th. Players that could be available there include: Sullinger, Terrence Jones, Perry Jones, Andrew Nicholson Royce White, Quincy Miller, Tony Wroten etc. I would prefer any of these players over the guys available at 9 an if this trade worked we would get 2 of them. Boston i could see doing this trade if they badly wanted a Center: Leonard, Zeller maybe Drummond? or wanted Rivers.
Any boston fans want to tell me if they think this trade could go down? Maybe we could throw in a 2nd round pick?
So essentially the trade is 9 and 42 for 21 and 22?
Not a bad idea
However, in such a deep draft where there are about 38 guys worthy of going in the 1st round, I would rather have 21 and 22
The odds are, whatever player you get at #9 is going to be serve much more of an impact than 21/22. I know Royce White has reportedly been given a promise by the C's at 21, but I could see him actually going earlier. My article is coming out pretty soon about expected value per pick. Here is a breakdown of pick expectations by 82games.com:
As you can see, their tends to be a major drop off after the top 10. Yes, this is a deep draft, but you tend to want as many good players on your team as possible. The 21st pick has had quite a bit of luck, the thing is that the 9th pick is a much safer bet most of the time. A team wants as many good players on the floor as possible, so you can not just add these two picks up and say they are equal value. In my opinion, Detroit could and should get more than this.
Pistons should not draft a big man at all costs!!
if Jeremy Lamb somehow fall to them they should take him, also maybe Terrence Ross...
I maybe little bit biased as a UNC fan, but I see Henson fitting Pistons very well with the 9th pick.Although this might be a bit of a reach, I believe that he could mesh up very well with Monroe as a shot blocking, rebounding, defending and making mid-range shots bigmen.
During his time in UNC he has shown a strong desire to improve, every year he was getting better and better. Obviously, his weight is a problem and I do not believe that he ever will weigh more than 235 or 240, but he has shown ability to be very effective with the physicall limits that he has.
His draft combine showing was rather dissapointment because of poor vertical leap measurements and absence in many other activities, but he sprained his ankle and it definetely had a negative impact on his perfomance. I strongly believe that he is a much better athlete than his 25.5 no-step and 30 inches max verticals show.
I have no doubts about his ability to shoot midrange jumpers, this year he shoot them pretty well and upcoming season his shooting will only get better, which suits very well with Monroe's passing abilities.
Overall, draftees level from 7 to like 12 pick is pretty similiar so it's really interesting how the draft will end up looking, 'cause a reach or unxpected pick from one team can really change whole scenario for all others.
If the pistons take a guard with there first round pick this draft has been a waste. Stucky played played well last season his problem was they were trying to make him into a pg before last season and he is not. Then with knight and gordon the last thing this team needs is a guard at pick 9. They are trying to make the playoffs next year the finished the season 21-21 in the last 42. The owner already said he expects to make the postseason next year. the only trades they should make would be to try trade up to get drummond or to try to trade with houston for 14 and 16. If neither can happen take the number 1 big man on your board and go with it
Pistons draft choice is pretty easy- John Henson. He's THE perfect fit for that ball club.
He blocks shots, rebounds and plays great defense particularly in the P&R, where Detroit routinely gets killed. He is also underrated offensively and looks to have very good footwork in the post + a nice looking jumper. He needs to improve offensively but given his work ethic, that won't be too hard for him. He also needs to get 10-15lbs stronger at minium. Again, I don't think it will be too difficult for him, he has very wide shoulders and has the work ethic to get to the weight room. The trainers and strength coaches he will have in the NBA will likely be far superior to the ones he had at UNC so he should be able to get bigger. I think Henson is getting underrated and I agree with whomever suggested that Henson will probably be a Marcus Camby/Andrei Kirilenko hybrid in the NBA.
Brandon Knight/John Henson/Greg Monroe would be a great start for Detroit.
The idea that Detroit could get a comparable player at 21 and 22 is a bit ridiculous. At those picks you are looking at guys like Fab Melo and Festus Ezeli.
So no love for Leonard ?... Lot's of people say he's soft... but I don't see that. He lacks self confidence and experience but it's kinda normal. If he weren't a big white I don't think people would make that kind of judgement...
He has all the physical tools to dominate, he's an athlete (underrated), he shows some flashes, he has some skills in progress... and shows he loves the game and wants to progress.
He's not tim duncan but I can see him developping into a very solid starter...
i think they does have a need for Lamb, Gordon is not much on the plans and might get amensty or traded, and getting Lamb will give them the privilege of length at the two guard and a great 3 guard rotation for the long future combine with Knight and Stucky!
I think they should draft Meyers Lenoard, He has the potential to be good. He's mobile, athletic and he's 7'1, 250. You can't teach size, he also seems to be a hard worker, but really this pick is helping the team because it allows Greg Monore to move to his more natural power forward postion, where he has more spacing for his mid-range jumper, working from the high post and more room for his passing, he could still move up to center sometimes and he could do some low post, posting. Just moving Monroe to his natural position is an addition. If I were the Pistons I would really try to move up to get Drummond though, He's better than Lenoard and he's a better fit. Imagine Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Greg Monore, and Andre Drummond, that would be a good starting 5.
I think If Portland aren't really sold on Andre Drummond then the Pistons should try to get him ,it seems that the tip 5 picks right now are Davis ,Robinson,Beal,Barnes&MKG
both the warriors and the Raptors have their C (Bogut and Jonas )
So If Portland aren't big fan of him,I won't be surprised if Andre's get picked and traded at 6th,7th& 8th pick ,The piston should just make an offer to get him,I think he will be gr8 fit there
I would love for them to trade the pick also if Drummond doesn't fall in their lap. The Celtics would be a good trading partner or maybe the Rockets if the Pistons add something to the deal. I personally would rather have a top pick for next year's draft with Noel, Muhammad, or Austin possibly being available. If the Pistons could swing a future first round trade with a team like the Bobcats or Nets, I'd do it in a heart beat. I'd give them this pick without even thinking twice about it. Sure the Pistons wouldn't improve much for one year but with two first round picks next year they would be in a great position for the future.
I wouldn't be terribly disappointed with Henson or Leonard. They could do much worse, I'd just prefer that the Pistons wait for an extreme impact player rather than using a top ten pick on a player that wouldn't normally be in the top ten in most other drafts. Henson is a shot blocker and rebounder but he is very, very limited offensively. Leonard has talent but disappears so often and sometimes you forget he's even in the game. It's hard to change someone's desire and will. Drummond has enormous upside and I'd love for them to take a chance on him even if he ends up flopping. It's worth a shot with the physical gifts that he possesses. I just don't think Drummond will be there when the Pistons are on the clock.
The pick will most likely be Henson simply because of the Pistons' desperate need for shot blocking and a defensive presence. He will be a solid pick and contribute a much needed boost. However the Pistons don't have an elite, consistent scorer. So if they take a top ten pick you would hope that they could draft someone who could contribute offensively. Ideally in the future the Pistons will need a superstar small forward to fill out the starting roster if the Pistons select Henson.
While it looks like Henson might be the pick has anyone thought of the skinny frontline....
It will be the most anorexic front-line in the league - Prince, Daye and Henson - Thats a very thin framed front court....
Meyers would be the best fit if Drummond is unavailable. John Henson's skill set does mesh pretty seamlessly with Monroe's, but going along with the weight concerns already mentioned; he has been injured every year at unc. I am afraid Henson may never play a full season.
I think if Jeremy Lamb is available you gotta take him. He has all-star potential you just can't pass up. Knight / Lamb with Stuckey off the bench sounds strong.
Lets think of previous championship teams
Isiah / Dumars / Microwave
Rip / Billups
Lamb could be the second or third best player to come from this draft. Henson while a good defender, I think everyone will agree he will never be an all-star or dominant player player.
In fact they could even trade up and swap picks with GS (throw them Daye as they need a SF) just to secure Lamb...
^^and i get negatives for saying the same thing, gosh! hypocrites!
^ everyone is quick for the thumbs down, ill give you a few +1