Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, for quite some time, has been tabbed as the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Apparently, some teams, including the Pistons, are leaning toward Arizona forward Derrick Williams or North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes. ESPN’s Chad Ford:
Sources say Wolves, Cavs, Raptors, Jazz and Kings would all take Kyrie Irving 1. Wizards, Pistons & Bucks – Barnes or Derrick Williams
The day after that tweet, Ford wrote an article that said of the Pistons:
The Pistons really have needs just about everywhere. Last year’s lottery pick, Greg Monroe, has played well and Rodney Stuckey really turned it on the last month of the season averaging 19.8 ppg and 8.4 apg. The team has been high on Irving all year and he could still be the pick if they win the lottery. But Williams would also be an intriguing choice here to pair with Monroe. If they stay at No. 7 we currently have them taking Bismack Biyombo, a Ben Wallace clone from the Congo.
So, I guess that means the Pistons would favor Williams, not Barnes.
But for what it’s worth, if you play Ford’s NBA lottery mock draft until the Pistons lands the No. 1 pick, he has them taking Irving. Although, Ford may have built the Pistons’ draft board before his most recent reporting and not updated it since.
There are no clear answers, and keep in mind we’re talking about who the Pistons would take now. There’s a long time between now and the draft for the Pistons to evaluate players.
Just don’t assume Kyrie Irving would automatically be the Pistons’ choice if they land the No. 1 pick.