(Sports Network) - Mo Cheeks is the latest in a line of Detroit Pistons head
coaches who will try to maximize the potential of an underachieving group.
The Pistons actually possess quite a few talented young players. Big men Greg
Monroe and Andre Drummond comprise an awesome center/power-forward nucleus for
years to come.
Brandon Knight switched to shooting guard once the Pistons acquired Jose
Calderon a little before the trade deadline. Calderon is a free-agent and
there isn't much buzz about Detroit bringing him back.
That could mean point guard is a possible option at No. 8.
If Michigan's Trey Burke was available, Joe Dumars and the rest of the
Pistons' brass might break into song. He's the best lead guard in the draft
and that local connection would be too tantalizing to overlook.
Problem is, Burke could go as high as No. 2 to the Orlando Magic. Syracuse's
Michael Carter-Williams might make more sense. At 6-foot-6, Carter-Williams
has the size to cover three different spots and is a solid point guard. He
needs work though.
Other points that should be available in that area are Lehigh's C.J. McCollum
or Miami's Shane Larkin.
Small-forward is probably another need, but does UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad
warrant going that high?
Players under contract: C: Greg Monroe; G: Rodney Stuckey; G: Brandon Knight;
F: Jonas Jerebko; C: Andre Drummond; C: Viacheslav Kravtsov; G/F: Kyle
Singler; G: Kim English; F: Khris Middleton
Free agents: G: Jose Calderon; G: Corey Maggette; C/F: Jason Maxiell, G: Will
Bynum; F: Charlie Villanueva
Recent Draft History:
2012: Andre Drummond (9), Khris Middleton (39), Kim English (44)
2011: Brandon Knight (8), Kyle Singler (33), Vernon Macklin (52)
2010: Greg Monroe (7), Terrico White (36)
2009: Austin Daye (15), DaJuan Summers (35), Jonas Jerebko (39), Chase
2008: D.J. White (29)
Draft picks: 1st round (8th overall), 2nd round (37th overall, 56th overall)
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