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In this installment of “Who will the Pistons draft,” international players are eliminated. This doesn’t change the board much. Just point guard Rodrigue Beaubois of France and small forward Joe Ingles of Australia get the cross out.

The Pistons used to be very gung-ho about drafting players from overseas. They took Mehmet Okur in the second round in 2001.

Two years later, they used all three of their picks on international players – Darko Milicic, Carlos Delfino and Andreas Glyniadakis. The Darko pick was obviously a disaster and Delfino and Glyniadakis didn’t pan out either.

Since then, Detroit has only taken one international player – Chiekh Samb in the second round in 2006. That’s one out of its 12 total picks in that span (eight percent). Meanwhile, the league as a whole has used 23 percent of its picks on international players. (For full information on the number of international players the Detroit and the rest of the league has drafted in the Dumars era, see after the jump).

So, yeah, the Pistons have definitely backed away.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Detroit takes an international player (especially if its with one of their three second rounders). Tony Ronzone is still working for the organization.

But in interest of narrowing the board, I’m crossing off Beaubois and Ingles. The odds just aren’t working in their favor. So, here’s the updated list:

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
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

 

The deadline for underclassmen to pull out of the draft is 5 p.m. today. So, there will definitely be more names to cross of then.