Markieff Morris outperformed Bismack Biyombo, Tristan Thompson and a a few potential second-round picks in their workout with the Pistons today, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
Here’s a from what I’m hearing: 1. Markieff; 2. Thompson and Biyombo. 4. Benson. 5. Vernon Macklin. 6. Jordan Williams. #Pistons.
A couple more writers confirm. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
Source: Markieff Morris may have put himself in the mix for the No. 8 pick with the #Pistons with his workout today
Yep RT @vgoodwill: Source: Markieff Morris may have put himself in the mix for the No. 8 pick with the #Pistons with his workout today
Yikes. I like Markieff Morris reasonably well, but No. 8 seems way too high for him. I hope the Pistons remember today’s workout is just one part of an overall body of work, a body of work that includes a paltry grade on John Hollinger’s draft rater:
At the back end, two players who rate surprisingly weak are Marcus and Markieff Morris of Kansas. Historically, big men who rate between 10 and 11 are career backups. Of the 23 who did so, only David Lee became a star; five others became top-eight rotation players, and the rest were bench filler or didn’t make the league at all. Based on that information, they’re late first- or early second-round selections. On my board, I have the Morrises ahead of the other players in the 10-12 range, but it’s tough to justify putting them ahead of similarly rated perimeter players
Also, if Jordan Williams let Vernon Macklin outplay him, that doesn’t bode well for Williams becoming the Pistons’ second-round pick.