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Detroit Pistons Draft Preview

The NBA Draft Lottery was on May 20 when many Detroit Pistons fans, me included, held their breaths as they hoped the Pistons would land in the top 8 to keep their top 8 protected pick. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be as the Pistons finished 9th in the lottery and had to give their pick to the Charlotte Hornets to complete that blasted Ben Gordon trade of 2012(seriously Joe D? You had to give them a first round pick just for them to take Gordon?).

So the Pistons and new head coach and president of basketball operations , along with new GM Jeff Bower, will not pick until the 38th overall pick in the 2nd round on June 26. It is their only pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Here are a few guys the Pistons should consider with the 38th pick:

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1.)  Jr G Colorado

Dinwiddie is coming off a torn ACL that limited him to just 17 games last season at Colorado, but he’s a guy who can help spread the floor. Detroit was ranked 29th in 3-point shooting and Dinwiddie shot over 41% from deep in two of his three college seasons. He has nice size at 6’6″ 205 and he was considered a mid-first round pick before the ACL tear. He’s a terrific spot up shooter and he played a lot of point guard at Colorado. Pistons fans know all too well about combo guards(see Stuckey, Rodney) but I like Dinwiddie strictly for his 3-point shooting. The team needs to shoot the long ball a lot better than last season.

2.)  Sr F Wichita State

Early is another guy who can spread the floor. He shot 38% from deep this past season and averaged 16.4 points. He can play the small forward position and can provide solid minutes off the bench for the Pistons. Now, if Van Gundy decides to break up the jumbo frontcourt, then Early could have a chance to start right away. I am a big fan of Early, the kid has a lot of potential, and he’s very athletic.

3.)  So F Michigan

Local kid and Michigan fan favorite McGary is another option for the Pistons at 38. McGary decided to forgo his junior season after getting caught with possession of marijuana and was facing a year long suspension. McGary missed most of last season due to a back injury and it’s up to the Pistons if they want to take a chance on him. He would be a nice backup to and whoever is still here between  and  and he would bring immediate energy off the bench. He had a terrific NCAA Tournament when Michigan made the national championship game and he’s an animal on the boards. As a Michigan man, I wouldn’t mind McGary, but I feel like the team’s shooting needs are more important.

Other options at 38:  So C Baylor,  F France,  Jr G Arizona

-Ky Carlin

Twitter: @Ky_Carlin/@gettinbuckets91




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  1. Just trade it for more picks next year. Use free agency for shooters. The team can’t be fixed during this off-season because of dumars and gores

  2. I never said he is a starter. He is average player but I was just saying he does have some trade value, even though little. Monroe is worth a 1st rd pick if he has extension

  3. Stuckey also played out of position most of his career…he holds allot of value. He’s a team spark. If u knew what u were talking about it would be a team chemistry issue. They hold allot of talent on this team it’s just bring wasted right now.

  4. Stuckey is not a starter on any team in the nba. I watch every game and have watched him since he was a rookie. He doesn’t hold much value. Greg Monroe holds value, because he’s young, but not first round value. You guys are the same guys that day trade Phil Coke and Don Kelly for a great relief pitcher. This is not a video game lol.

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