Last year around draft time, there were a number of international big men who intrigued plenty of Pistons fans. Bismack Biyombo, Jan Vesely, and Jonas Valanciunas all seemed like legitimate options for Detroit to fill in their frontcourt spots alongside 2010 lottery pick and potential cornerstone Greg Monroe.
Unfortunately, all three of the big men went in consecutive picks just before the Pistons’ selection came up. Most draft experts had Detroit taking a post player, so so one had to wonder what the Pistons would do now that their main targets were gone.
Lacking a legitimate point guard (having finally decided that Rodney Stuckey is more of a combo guard than anything), the Pistons seemingly lucked out when Brandon Knight, one of the top rated guards of last season, fell to them at number eight.
It was a random happening, as someone of his caliber should normally go higher. For Detroit, however, it worked out extremely well, as the team finally has a floor general that moved Stuckey to his more natural scoring position.
This season, I would think that Joe Dumars and company are prepping to select one of the few big men to pair alongside Monroe and form a low-post tandem for the next few seasons.
From most mock drafts, it would appear that Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, and Andre Drummond will likely be off the board before the Pistons select at number nine – that is, of course, if they pick at that slot. They could obviously move up, but the odds of that happening are slim.
With the ninth selection, players like Arnett Moultrie, Perry Jones, Tyler Zeller, and Jared Sullinger are all possible selections for the Pistons. All four of them are 6’10” or taller, meaning Detroit would have a very tall frontcourt – something they’ve been lacking for quite some time.
Another intriguing name I’ve heard lately is North Carolina junior John Henson. He’s pretty slim – only 220 pounds – but he’s a 6’10” forward with a 7’4” wingspan; if he can bulk up in the pre-draft workouts and camps, he could easily shoot up the draft boards and be available for the Pistons to take.
I’ve seen reports saying that Joe Dumars would simply take the best available player; hopefully, that’s an athletic big man to pair with Monroe.