Nov 28, 2011; Rochester, MI, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies guard Reggie Hamilton (23) during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Athletics Center O

2012 NBA Draft: Pistons release more names of potential draftees


Just four days from the 2012 NBA Draft, the Pistons have released more names of players who have come to the Palace for draft workouts, although the official count is nearly 60 total players. Just a few, including Arnett Moultrie, Marcus Denmon, and Khris Middleton, are expected to be first round picks, so many of these players are potential targets for Detroit in the second round, where they’ll have the 39th and 44th picks.

 

POWER FORWARDS/CENTERS

Yancy Gates, 6-9, 285, Cincinnati

Justin Hamilton, 7-0, 260, LSU

Travis Hyman, 7-0, 245, Bowie State

Bernard James, 6-10, 230, Florida State

Robert Sacre, 6-11, 260, Gonzaga

Henry Sims, 6-11 ¾, 241.2, Georgetown

Arnett Moultrie, 6-10 ¾, 232.8, Mississippi State

Kyle O’Quinn, 6-10, 240.8, Norfolk State

Miles Plumlee, 6-11 ¾, 252.4, Duke

SMALL FORWARDS

Khris Middleton, 6-8, 217, Texas A&M

Rakim Sanders 6-5, 234, Fairfield

Wesley Witherspoon, 6-9, 215, Memphis

Quincy Acy, 6-7 ¾, 223.8, Baylor

JaMychal Green, 6-9, 217.4, Alabama

Eli Holman, 6-9, 250, Detroit Mercy

Josh Owens, 6-8, 240, Stanford

Alex Young, 6-6, 215, IUPUI

SHOOTING GUARDS

Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 190, Missouri

DeQuan Jones, 6-6, 215, Miami

Chase Simon, 6-5, 215, Detroit

Charlie Westbrook, 6-4, 195, South Dakota

Paul Williams, 6-4, 215, Dayton

DeJuan Wright, 6-4, 185, Florida International

William Buford, 6-5, 214.6, Ohio State

Scoop Jardine, 6-3, 200, Syracuse

Orlando Johnson, 6-5 ¼, 223.8, UC Santa Barbara

Devoe Joseph, 6-4, 180, Oregon

Scott Machado, 6-2, 205.8, Iona

Kevin Murphy, 6-6 ¼, 194, Tennessee Tech

POINT GUARDS

Reggie Hamilton, 5-11, 175, Oakland

Zach Rosen, 6-0, 178, Pennsylvania

Maalik Wayns, 6-1, 195, Villanova

 

One name that particularly interests me on this list is Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton. Being an OU grad, I’m obviously rooting for Dumars to either take him with their last pick, or take a flier out on him as an undrafted guard.

Having watched Hamilton play for two seasons, several aspects of his game could really translate well to the NBA and particularly the Pistons.

Plain and simple, he is a scorer. In fact, he led the nation in scoring last season (first OU or Summit League player to ever do so), scoring 25.4 points per game on 45% shooting. His ability to either drive the basket (47% on 2-point shots) or hit a three-pointer (42%) meant he was often a lot to handle on defense, regardless of opponent.

His season high of 41 points came against Horizon League leader Valparaiso, and his 35 points against Tennessee during an ESPN nationally televised game raised awareness of just how dynamic a scorer he is. At the end of conference play, and into the postseason, Hamilton scored 30+ eight times in a row; if not for a 29-point game against Buffalo in the CIT Tournament, it would’ve been 10 straight.

Despite the scoring ability, the biggest knock against Hamilton has always been his height. Coming in at just 5’10” and 185, he would likely be considered a small point guard in the NBA. Any team that drafts or puts him on their roster would have to worry about putting him in the post against a guard that could be 5+ inches taller than him.

Luckily for Hamilton,  there have been “small-ish” point guards in recent drafts that have seen success regardless of perceived physical limitations; Ty Lawson and Isaiah Thomas especially come to mind. Detroit even has a guard – Will Bynum – that is only two inches taller but six years older than the former Golden Grizzly. Bynum is nearing the end of his contract, and could garner offers in free agency, meaning the Pistons would be wise to look for a replacement.

I do think there’s a legitimate role for Hamilton on this team. He was a four-year player in college, a captain, and someone with zero maturity issues. In today’s age of one-and-done prima donnas, there’s a lot to be said about guys who can come into a team’s clubhouse and show poise beyond their years.

Hamilton’s likely draft spot has pretty much been late second round since he entered the draft. Unless something drastically changes, it’s safe to say that he will find his way onto an NBA roster; scorers are at a premium in today’s league. Whether that roster spot is on the Pistons is up in the air, but I’m sure Hamilton has plenty of fans in the metro Detroit area that would love to see him don the Pistons red, white, and blue.

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