The question is, who will draft him at No. 2? As I reported Tuesday, the Wolves are very open to trading the pick if they can get some veteran help. They won’t be giving the pick away, but given the youth on the team and the log jam at both forward positions, this pick is a great asset to trade for veteran help. Look for the Cavs, Jazz, Wizards, Kings, Pistons, Bobcats, Bucks, Rockets, Pacers, Sixers to all get in the mix for him in the coming weeks.
Don’t get your hopes up. That’s 10 teams interested, and Joe Dumars indicated trading picks isn’t likely, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Williams would certainly help the Pistons, and it’s great they’re exploring a trade. But there’s a huge difference between exploring a deal and reaching one.
Pistons like Tristan Thompson
Ford also said the Pistons are interested in Tristan Thompson, which should come as no surprise:
Texas forward Tristan Thompson quieted some critics with his measurements on Friday. He, much like Williams, was seen as an undersized power forward. His measurements (nearly 6-9 in shoes, 7-1 wingspan and 9-foot standing reach) were nearly identical to that of Derrick Williams. He also nailed the interview process, according to several NBA team sources. His window starts with the Raptors at No. 5. The Pistons, Bobcats, Bucks, Jazz and Pacers are also all seriously interested. He looks like he’s a lock for the lottery.
Jordan Hamilton could push better prospect to No. 8
One more note from Ford’s blog post:
I expect we’ll be seeing Texas’ Jordan Hamilton rising on boards in the next few weeks. NBA scouts have always loved his talent. They believe he’s one of the few guys in this draft who could average 20 ppg in the NBA. He measured well for a small forward (6-8 with an 8-8 standing reach) and I’m told he was very good in interviews. If teams feel confident that he’ll mature and quit taking crazy shots, he’s a very interesting prospect who could go as high as the Kings at No. 7.
Currently, no major mock drafts have Hamilton going before the Pistons pick at No. 8. I don’t think Hamilton deserves to go in the upper half of the lottery, and he certainly doesn’t fill a glaring need for Detroit. So, if the Kings want to take him at No. 7, I’m all for it. That would just leave someone more desirable for the Pistons.