Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by Stephen Swiss, May 4, 2013.
LOTTERY CHAT BEGINS NOW!
Well the Cavs took it
There aren't 8 good players in this draft.......
DraftExpress: Mock Draft
Draftexpress.com updated its mock. We pick CJ at 8. The rest of the predictions at this point look pretty good. We could also go for MCW.
Actually, the experts are saying that there are a couple dozen "good" players in the draft. There are no clear-cut superstars.
u lookin at 'The Expert' baby! LOL
If Shabazz falls I think JD will take him.
I'd rather he play than Singler.
I prefer singler.
I think whereever Stuckey would get the most minutes...we pick a guy to play that spot and give him minutes...
We have to figure this out fast.
Only 36 days left until the draft.
Here are Vincent Goodwill's odds for the Pistons' pick:
Shabazz Muhammad, SG-SF, UCLA: A lightning rod for controversy, Muhammad acquitted himself well at the NBA combine when speaking about some of the issues from the past two years. He can score, but is he athletic enough to compete with the swingmen around the league? Odds: 3-1
C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh: The draft's best point guard after Trey Burke, McCollum had to carry mid-major Lehigh before suffering a season-ending injury early in the college season. He'll probably be available, but do the Pistons want to take a point guard? Odds: 3-1
Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV: Yes, the Pistons could take another big, and Bennett is more offensively-inclined than most bigs on the board. He has a little range and is a good athlete. Odds: 4-1
Kenatvious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia: Hasn't received a lot of hype, but Caldwell-Pope could be the best shooter in the draft and he's tough enough to go to the glass consistently. The Pistons shouldn't be afraid to grab him if he works out and interviews well. Odds: 9-2
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse: Carter-Williams is 6-foot-6 and traditionally, Joe Dumars likes bigger and sturdier guards. Can he shoot well enough to become the point guard of the future? He has the court vision and is crafty enough to get into the lane. Odds: 5-1
Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana: Zeller showed better-than-average athleticism at the combine, but does he have enough skill on the offensive end to leapfrog Anthony Bennett if both are available? Odds: 6-1
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana: It's a long shot, but considering how crazy this draft could be, if Oladipo fell to the Pistons, they'd gladly take him. He knows his role as a defensive player and would be a great fit to this team's culture. Odds: 7-1
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan: Like Victor Oladipo, Burke isn't expected to be there but someone falls every year who isn't expected to. He could go second to Orlando, but if he's there at eight, the Pistons probably would scoop him up. Odds: 8-1
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown: Porter is expected to go higher, like Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo, so he's another long shot. But the Pistons have a need at small forward and like Porter's versatility. He might be the best all-around player in the draft. Odds: 9-1
The odds add up to ~1.5. This guy even takes into consideration that we trade for another lottery pick.
LOL. I noticed that, too. Needs a primer on statistics.
Which player is the most NBA-ready?
Chad Ford: Anthony Bennett. NBA body? Check. NBA athleticism? Check. Advanced offensive skills? Check. I'm not sure there is another player in the draft who can check all three boxes at the age of 20.
Kevin Pelton: Otto Porter. Not only was the Big East Player of the Year one of the most productive players in college hoops last season, but his versatile skill set should enable him to slide easily into a smaller role right away.
Fran Fraschilla: Trey Burke. He is not the best player in this draft, but he will be selected by a bad team and will be forced to play major minutes as a rookie. He'll likely be a focal point of his new team. But his offensive skill set, screen-and-roll IQ and NBA rules regarding contact out top will give him an instant opportunity to flourish.
Amin Elhassan: Otto Porter. His feel for the game and all-around skill level will get him on the floor, but it's his willingness to do the little things that don't necessarily show up in the box score that will keep him there. Porter's not star caliber, but he's the type of player who can impact wins and losses in a major way. And early.
Dave Telep: Victor Oladipo. Among the top-end players, he has put in as much work and improved his own game as much as anyone. Mature and ready to play with skill and effort on both ends, Oladipo owns the shortest learning curve. Bottom line: He's trustworthy.
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