Chad Ford of ESPN believes every team in the NBA would draft Kentucky’s Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick, and Ford explained why for projected lottery teams:
Odds of winning the lottery: 19.9 percent
Of the teams near the top of the lottery, no one needs Davis more than the Detroit Pistons. The team currently has just one big — Greg Monroe — with any sort of long-term appeal. Pair Monroe with Davis on the front line and the Pistons immediately become a much more dangerous team.
Monroe’s offensive abilities would mesh very well with Davis’ defensive abilities. Put them together with other young players like Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, and suddenly the Pistons have one of the best young cores in the NBA.
Ford thinks the No. 2 pick would depend on the team, but he projects the Pistons would draft Connecticut’s Andre Drummond:
No. 2: Andre Drummond
As we noted on Tuesday, the Pistons currently have just one big — Greg Monroe — with any sort of long-term appeal. While pairing Monroe with Davis on the front line might be more appetizing, the Pistons wouldn’t sneeze at adding Drummond either. On sheer physical talent, he may have more upside than Davis. If he can get his act together, he and Monroe could make a seriously awesome front line.