Who will the Pistons draft?: Wingspan

The Spurs get smart players.

The Hawks get young forwards.

And the Knicks get overpaid veterans.

Certain types of players seem to gravitate toward certain teams. And Detroit is no exception. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars has a pattern of targeting players with long wingspans.

Here are all of his draft picks who had their wingspans listed on Draft Express:

Name Year Pos. School Pick Height Wingspan
Trent Plaisted 2008 C BYU 46 6’ 9.25” 6’ 10.5”
Deron Washington 2008 SF Virginia Tech 59 6’ 5.25” 6’ 9”
Rodney Stuckey 2007 PG Eastern Washington 15 6’ 3.75” 6’ 7.25”
Will Blalock 2006 PG Iowa State 60 5’ 11.25” 6’ 6”
Jason Maxiell 2005 PF Cincinnati 26 6’ 5” 7’ 3.25”
Alex Acker 2005 PG Pepperdine 60 6’ 3.75” 7’ 0”
Ricky Paulding 2004 SG Missouri 54 6’ 2.75” 6’ 9.5”
Darko Milicic 2003 C Serbia 2 6’ 11.5” 7’ 5”
Rodney White 2001 SF Charlotte 9 6’ 7.5” 6’ 11.5”

 

Plaisted is the only one who’s wingspan isn’t really impressive for his height. And here are the players with wingspans listed who were on the roster this year.

Name Pos. Height Wingspan
Rodney Stuckey PG 6’ 3.75” 6’ 7.25”
Jason Maxiell PF 6’ 5” 7’ 3.25”
Kwame Brown C 6’ 10” 7’ 1”
Allen Iverson SG 5’ 11.25” 6’ 3.25”

 

Again, this in not just a list of Pistons with long wingspans. These are the only players listed on Draft Express. Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace certainly have long wingspans, too.

So with that in mind, there’s a very good chance Detroit’s draft picks this year will have above-average wingspans. Here’s a position-by-position list of players with long wingspans in this draft. All numbers come from Draft Express, and I didn’t include players who will definitely be gone before the Pistons pick at 15.

Point guard

Name School Height Wingspan Projected
Jrue Holiday UCLA 6’ 3.25” 6’ 7” 13
Jeff Teague Wake Forest 6’ 0.25” 6’ 7.5” 20
Toney Douglass Florida State 6’ 1” 6’ 6” 36
Rodrigue Beaubois France 6’ 1.25” 6’ 9.75” 39
Greivis Vasquez Maryland 6’ 4.75” 6’ 7.25” 56

 

Shooting guard

Name School Height Wingspan Projected
Gerald Henderson Duke 6’ 4” 6’ 10.25” 12
Terrence Williams Louisville 6’ 5” 6’ 9” 16
Jermaine Taylor Central Florida 6’ 3.5” 6’ 8.75” 32
Jerel McNeal Marquette 6’ 1.5” 6’ 7.25” 46
Dionte Christmas Temple 6’ 4.25” 6’ 9” 59

 

Small forward

Name School Height Wingspan Projected
Austin Daye Gonzaga 6’ 9.75” 7’ 2.75” 15
James Johnson Wake Forest 6’ 7” 7’ 0.75” 18
Sam Young Pittsburgh 6’ 5.25” 6’ 10.75” 25
DaJuan Summers Georgetown 6’ 7.25” 7’ 0.75” 31
Danny Green North Carolina 6’ 5.25” 6’ 10” 35
Damion James Texas 6’ 6.25” 7’ 0.25” 42
Joe Ingles Australia 6’ 7.75” 6’ 10.25” 52
Tyler Smith Tennessee 6’ 5.25” 6’ 9.75” No

 

Power forward

Name School Height Wingspan Projected
Dejuan Blair Pittsburgh 6’ 5.25” 7’ 2” 11
Earl Clark Louisville 6’ 8.5” 7’ 2.5” 14
Gani Lawal Georgia Tech 6’ 7.75” 7’ 0” 23
DaJuan Summers Georgetown 6’ 7.25” 7’ 0.75” 31
Derrick Brown Xavier 6’ 7.5” 7’ 2.5” 41
Josh Heytvelt Gonzaga 6’ 10” 7’ 1.25” 50
Taj Gibson USC 6’ 8.5” 7’ 4” 53
Jeff Adrien Connecticut 6’ 5.25” 7’ 2” No

 

There are no centers who have impressive wingspans beside Hasheem Thabeet, who obviously won’t be available at 15.

Projecting the picks

So that narrows it down to 36. But I think there’s a strong chance Detroit’s picks come from these 36.

I’d like to whittle this list of players down as the draft approaches — hopefully, to the point there are only four left (one slotted for each of the Pistons’ picks).

I’m not sure how to make the next cut. Does anyone have ideas — either why to to take a specific player off the list or a rule to follow that would remove multiple players?

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