Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: E'Twaun Moore

Although he’s a shooting guard who doesn’t fill any specific need the Pistons have, Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore is a familiar name to statewide Big Ten hoops fans and he should be available with one of the Pistons’ two second round picks.

Info

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 194 pounds, senior SG from Purdue

Key stats: 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals per game while shooting 45 percent

Projected: Second round

How would he help the Pistons?

Moore was a fantastic college player for Purdue. He has some limitations that make it unlikely he’ll be that kind of player as a pro, but the thing I always look for in potential second round picks is just one elite skill. Does a player do one thing well enough to land a job as a specialist on a NBA bench? For Moore, his 3-point shooting makes him intriguing. He shot 40 percent from beyond the arc at Purdue as a senior and was over the 40 percent mark in two of his four college seasons. That’s certainly a skill he can develop and carve a niche for himself in the NBA out of. Plus, he become a tough, solid defensive player. He’s undersized, but if he can be scrappy at the defensive end, he’ll earn minutes at some point on a NBA bench.

Moore quietly but steadily improved at Purdue. He’s the type of four-year player that NBA scouts always tend to ignore or overlook in the draft, but he obviously has talent and works hard at his game and he’s a player I wouldn’t be shocked to see contribute as a young player in the NBA.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Other than the fact there is a glut of shooting guards already on the roster, Moore doesn’t fill the Pistons immediate need they have on the wing: athleticism. The Pistons could use more players who are both quick off the dribble and who can go up and over opposing players in traffic. They have players like Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum who do that sometimes, but no one who attacks enough to be both a consistent and efficient threat to get in the lane. Although Moore’s perimeter shooting would be a nice addition, he might not do enough other things to make him a fit in Detroit.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

On the positive side, Moore has shown to have solid decision-making skills, rarely forcing the issue and playing within himself, despite often having to shoulder much of the scoring and creating responsibilities for Purdue. He regularly makes the correct read on pick and rolls, finds shooters on drive-and-kick situations, and has increased his assist rate and cut back on his turnovers this season, ranking in the top 10 of all players in our database in assist-to-turnover ratio.

From ESPN:

Moore may not look much like an NBA prospect at first glance. He’s an undersized combo guard without the athleticism or quickness that NBA scouts covet. But his performance for Purdue this season has forced scouts to take a second look. His perimeter shooting, his toughness on both ends of the floor and his ability to swing over and play some point guard have them rethinking his draft potential.

From NWI.com:

“I can be a good defender, a good guy to knock down shots,” he said. “It depends on which situation you go to. You can go to a team that’s bad and they need you to score, then all of a sudden, you look like you’re the man.”

Moore compares his playing style to that of a healthy Gilbert Arenas.

“My goal is to go in the first round and I’m definitely going to do what I can and work hard to make it happen,” he said.

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