The Pistons have the No. 8 pick in this year's NBA Draft. While it's possible that a player from this year's crop of rookies could emerge as a star, it doesn't appear that there's one who will singlehandedly resurrect the franchise.
With Detroit's current roster lacking a permanent starter at both shooting guard and small forward, it's likely the team will target a perimeter player with its 2013 lottery choice. Players like Ben McLemore of Kansas, Otto Porter of Georgetown, Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Trey Burke of Michigan aren't expected to be in play for the Pistons at No. 8. Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA, C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse are, however, likely to be available at that spot.
Though these swingmen present options for the Pistons, none of them appear to be surefire stars or even penciled-in starters.
Certainly, one of them could wind up working well with Detroit's current nucleus of promising young talent that includes power forward Greg Monroe, center Andre Drummond and guard Brandon Knight, who ended last season as the Pistons' starting shooting guard but could move back to point guard. The team needs help on both ends of the floor, so any of these players will only improve the overall talent and depth of this roster.
Still, the Pistons shouldn't anticipate drafting one player to solve all of their issues. In fact, with the need for a new head coach and plenty of cap space, the 2013 NBA Draft is arguably the least of Detroit's concerns regarding this offseason.
In order for this summer to be a success for the Pistons, they'll need to acquire a quality veteran either via trade and/or free agency. Drafting another rookie in the Top 10 will help, but no player in this year's list of draft candidates looks like a savior.