In his first mock draft after the lottery, Chad Ford of ESPN has the Pistons taking John Henson at No. 9:
Greg Monroe has been a revelation in the middle for the Pistons, but they really need to pair him alongside an athletic shot-blocker. Although Henson is painfully thin, he rebounds, blocks shots and defends multiple positions. It wouldn’t be a perfect solution in Detroit, but the Pistons don’t have a lot of other options here.
The Pistons struggled on both ends of the floor last season, ranking 29 th in offensive efficiency and 24 th on defense, meaning this lone pick will surely not solve all their problems. Pairing Greg Monroe with a long and athletic shot-blocker/rebounder like Henson could be a good start, though. The two seem to complement each other fairly well. Finding a long-term solution at small forward will also be a priority, which could mean Harrison Barnes if he’s available.
As I wrote last night, Henson at No. 9 would be fine with me. His lack of bulk is concerning, but his rotational defense, shot-blocking and athleticism fits exactly what the Pistons need.