With the eighth selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select…I have no idea but here are five possible selections:
Trey Burke, Michigan, PG – If the National Player of the Year is available at #8 the Pistons cannot afford to pass on him. He is the best point guard in this year’s draft and point guard is a position of need for the Pistons. Burke can distribute the ball without turning it over and can still score in bunches. He runs great pick and rolls which would pair nicely with the Pistons two bigs, Monroe and Drummond. If Burke were 6’3 he’d be a top three pick. However I don’t think he falls past the Pelicans at six.
CJ McCollum, Lehigh, PG/SG – Don’t let the small school status scare you. This kid is for real. He reminds me of a lot of Steph Curry. McCollum can score from anywhere on the court and shot over 51% from 3-point range during his senior season. The concern I have about him is his ability to play the point. Rumors are swirling that the Kings will take him at #7 or that the Jazz will trade up to take him, so McCollum might not be available when the Pistons select at 8.
Ben McLemore, Kansas, SG – Could it happen again that one of the best players in the draft somehow slips to the Pistons? According to NBAdrat.net this will be the case. McLemore struggled in workouts and has been slipping on draft boards. If he goes unpicked after seven picks, Joe Dumars won’t be able to make this selection fast enough.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV, SF/PF – Bennett has the most NBA ready body in the draft and reminds me a lot of another Running Rebel, a guy by the name of Larry Johnson. So why could Bennett be available at #8? At 6’7 he is a tweener between the 3 and 4 and teams for some reason are scared to pick a tweener high in the draft. That means little to me. His huge wingspan, 7’1, essentially makes him 6’9. Many scouts consider Bennett to be the best talent in the draft.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, PG – If the Pistons are able to draft either one of the four listed above I’ll be thrilled and so should any Piston fan. However, if all four are gone MCW could be the selection. He has incredible height at 6’6 and he could easily make moving Knight to the off-guard a smooth transition but MCW is a project and Pistons fans would have to patient with him. He must develop an outside jump shot but he is a playmaker and could end up being an Andre Miller type player in the future.
The Pistons also own the #37 & #56 picks in the second round. Here are some names to keep in mind when the Pistons make their later selections. I do however predict the Pistons will take a European with the #56 pick:
Nate Wolters, PG, SDSU
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Glen Rice Jr., SG, NBDL
CJ Leslie, SF/PF, NC State
DeShaun Thomas, SF/PF, OSU
Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke
Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota
Archie Goodwin, PG, Kentucky
Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit