Matt Dery: Draft Lottery Blues for Detroit

This was not what the Pistons wanted. The NBA Draft Lottery was held this evening in New Jersey and for the second straight year, Detroit gets shut out of the top 3. To make matters worse, the Pistons actually lost a spot to number 8 after Cleveland leapfrogged its way into the number one spot thanks to a trade deadline deal with the LA Clippers. Think about this, the Cavs get Baron Davis AND the top pick in exchange for Mo Williams. What a heist. It is expected that Cleveland will grab Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the top
selection. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s son, Nick, was on hand to
represent Cleveland and the kid could now run for Mayor and win in
that city.

The Pistons will have a lot of options at number 8, but once again
they have to hope that teams pass on a very good player that they can scoop up. It happened last year with Greg Monroe and Joe Dumars hit a home run. Also, Joe will have some flexibility and can attempt to move up or back in this draft as well due to the handcuffs being taken off by soon-to-be new owner Tom Gores. While there is a lot of discussion about the Pistons possibly looking at the guard spot and players like Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight, I think that Detroit will draft a big man. There are some very skilled front-court players
overseas that are available in this draft, with names like Jan Vesely,
Jonas Valanciunas, Donatas Motiejunas, and Bismack Biyambo from Spain.

Many NBA scouts love Biyambo’s athleticism and to be honest, just the name itself would sell more tickets than the others. I also do not
think Walker will go past five to Toronto. It will be a very
interesting next few weeks for the Pistons to see which players will
want to work out for them and which guys will commit to traveling here
to workout.

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  • Kevin

    Fire Joe Dumars now. The Detroit media has done nothing, but protect this one hit wonder. Now the best options are Euro Trash at the 8th pick? The last piece of Euro Trash was a complete bust. Fire Dumars now before he drafts Darko’s cousin.

  • Juan

    Dery, Greg Monroe is a good player. To say that he was a home run of a pick is an overstatement. He’s looks to be a solid player. Home runs are Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and players like that. To quote Charles Barkley, “I may be wrong, but I doubt” Monroe will ever reach that level.

    What’s even crazier is that the teams directly in front of the Pistons and directly behind them in projected draft order both moved into the top three of the draft. Another thing is the Cavs turned Mo Williams into Baron Davis and the #1 pick in the draft. That’s a pretty decent haul!

    P.S. How sick would a combo of Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin would have been??? Oh well….

  • Dan


    Good points, but I think Dery calling Monroe a home run was more of a comment on his draft value. A double-double machine at pick #7 is a great value. Of course the guys you listed are superstars, but also top 2 draft picks.

    • Juan


      First off, thank you for the response.

      Like I said, Monroe is a solid player. I’m well aware that the names that I listed are all top 2 picks. Let me throw another out there. The Spurs got an absolute steal when they picked Manu GInobili with the second to last pick in the ’99 NBA Draft. That was a grand slam of a pick. I’m well aware that picks don’t happen very often, but I use Ginobili as a reference point. Joe Dumars’ track record with draft picks is shaky at best. He might have hit a couple of doubles in the gap with Prince and Monroe, but for the most part, they’ve been ground outs. (I’m done with the baseball methapho be honest, I have no faith whatsoever in Dumars to turn this franchise around. Between drafting Darko and the signings of Gordon and Villanueva, I don’t trust him. At least this is perceived to be a weak draft. I don’t know much about the international players, but outside of Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams, I don’t see much to get excited for with the eighth pick of a below average draft class.

  • Ali

    I have read on multiple sites that the pistons are looking to draft big. I know we need a big, but we were so bad last year cause we had nobody orchestrating out offense. We have NO PG. I think Dumars is a good GM, but his biggest mistake, bigger then Darko was thinking Stuckey was a PG. It created a log jam at the 2. Jonas will help us next year rebound. Wilcox got another year, Monroe will be better, get a big with the mid-level exception (if there is one this year) and draft a PG that could be our future leader. I seriously think Tay will be back, and that wont bother me. He is the smartest fundamentally sound player we have had in years. I really hope someone offers Stuckey a contract, he is not terrible but he doesnt fit what we need at all. We have BG for three more years, he can shot the lights out, turns the ball over, but can shot. Next years starters. Draft PG, BG, Tay, Jonas, Monroe.. CV31, Daye, Rip,Wilcox. We should be no more then 9 deep and our second unit should have the offensive advantage over ANY 2nd unit in the league. Summers is prob gone, Bynum is not a everyday player and our new big will be insurance for Monroe/ Wilcox.

  • Brandon Jones

    Tay wont be on the team next year.

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