Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has the Pistons taking Bismack Biyombo with the eighth pick in his latest mock draft:
Pistons officials are said to be fond of the Congolese big man, whom they see as the next Ben Wallace, and that should be enough to inspire them to pass up on the enticing chance to choose Vesely. The love affair with Biyombo runs deep, though Detroit is also believed to be considering Lithuanian forward-center Donatas Motiejunas and Texas power forward Tristan Thompson. Biyombo worked out for teams at the Eurocamp that concluded on Monday and was reportedly unimpressive. Nonetheless, the offense-heavy session was irrelevant for anyone who was already intrigued by the raw skill, length and athleticism that have been turning heads for some time.
Amick also provides some insight on a prospects who’ve been linked to the Pistons:
- The Cavaliers will likely take Enes Kanter at No. 4 if he’s available.
- As of weeks ago, the Wizards had Jonas Valanciunas ahead of Jan Vesely on their draft board.
- The Kings don’t believe they have a small forward of the future on their roster, and they believe Kawhi Leonard could fill that role.