How do the top internet mock drafts compare to one another?
PASPN takes a look at what the "experts" have to say as to which player the
Pistons may take in this year's NBA Draft.
ESPN: Trey Burke; "The Pistons are hoping, for a third year
in a row, that one of the top seven players on the board slides to them on
draft night. However, if the draft holds true to form, look for them to try to
address their backcourt at No. 8. The team thinks Brandon Knight is more suited
to play the two and would like to bring in a 'pure' point guard to run the
Sporting News: C.J. McCollum; "The Pistons might take a pure
point guard here, and if so, it will be playmaker Michael Carter-Williams. But
McCollum has been selling himself as a combo point man in the mold of Stephen
Curry. Sounds good from here."
CNNSI: Shabazz Muhammad; "Some guesswork here, as Muhammad
won't work out for the Pistons until Monday, three days before the draft. But
Detroit has a desperate need for scoring and Muhammad can do that right away.
There is top-pick talent in Muhammad, a physical, 6-6 swingman with terrific
reflexes and an array of moves around the rim."
Sportsline: Michael Carter-Williams
It's all about where the Pistons anticipate Brandon Knight
will play moving forward. If they see him as a point guard, they'll target the
best shooting guards and small forwards on the board. If they don't think he's
a point guard, they'll look at the better point guards coming out this year.
The best swingmen available in this class are Ben McLemore, Otto Porter and
Victor Oladipo, but none of them are expected to be available to Detroit at No.
No question, the Pistons should take Trey Burke if he
slides to them. If that's the case, they can move Knight to shooting guard or
even bring him off the bench. The more likely scenario, however, is that Burke
goes before No. 8, which would leave the Pistons choosing between Michael
Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum at point guard.
My preference, however, is to keep Knight at the point and
select Shabazz Muhammad to play shooting guard, assuming McLemore, Porter and
Oladipo are all indeed off the board. Muhammad had an iffy season at UCLA, but
his scoring upside is through the roof, and the Pistons need a natural scorer
in the backcourt more than anything else right now.
With the Pistons hiring head coach Maurice Cheeks, a former point guard himself, it makes sense to let him work with Knight to develop skills of a floor leader and pair him with an athletic scorer like Muhammad, who has said he wants to play for Detroit. It remains to be seen if the Pistons feel the same.