Chad Ford of ESPN has just posted his Mock Draft 6.0. There is another promised tomorrow but I’ll throw out the implications for the Pistons just to quench your draft thirst. For the first time in a while Ford has the Pistons selecting Bismack Biyombo at No. 8. Off the board were Kawhi Leonard and Kemba Walker, who was the Pistons selection in Draft 5.0. On the board were Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas. And if you are to believe reporting that indicates the Pistons might make a trade with Houston to slide back into the No. 14 and No. 23 slots, this mock is also encouraging. While Thompson goes off the board at No. 13, big man Valanciunas, who is going to have to stay overseas for the next year, is still available as are Iman Shumert, Markieff Morris, Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried. At No. 23 options appear to be Donatas Motiejunas, Jeremy Tyler, Nikola Mirotic and Reggie Jackson.
This is also the first official Ford mock with a second-round projection. Ford has the Pistons selecting the hard-working, heart-warming tale of Jimmy Butler with pick No. 33. Also on the board were Darius Morris and Norris Cole. And with the 52nd (aka probably irrelevant) pick, Ford has Detroit selecting Butler NCAA Tournament sensation point guard Shelvin Mack.