I don’t feel so crazy anymore for my recent feelings that Kemba Walker will somehow end up a Piston. Chad Ford of ESPN, in his latest mock draft posted today, has Walker going to the Pistons at No. 8 (Insider Required):
For the past few weeks, we’ve had the Pistons taking Valanciunas, but with Valanciunas now going No. 4, it looks like the Pistons will be down to three prospects: Kemba Walker, Tristan Thompson and Bismack Biyombo.
Walker is the safe pick, though he doesn’t actually fill a major need. Thompson has upside. And, from what I gather, the team is still very high on Biyombo. The Pistons know how to develop a defensive stopper like him and I’m told their trip to Spain to see him went well.
Still, at the end of the day, I think the Pistons draft the best player available, Walker, and look at moving Rodney Stuckey to the 2.