OK … as I said in my last post, I profiled 51 prospects in this year’s Draft Dreams series. I was sure, sure that whoever the Pistons take would be among that 51. Unfortunately, because I didn’t see the Ben Gordon trade coming, I didn’t look at many second round shooting guards, so I have no English profile. Damn you, Dumars, and your unpredictable ways. But make no mistake, Kim English will be a very good addition. Loved this quote on ESPN’s draft coverage from Fran Fraschilla:
“He slept in the locker room so he could get up as many shots as possible.”
English is a big guard, something the Pistons need. He also played power forward in Missouri’s wonky offense, so he’s used to battling bigger, stronger players. He’s a phenomenal shooter — 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from three. Chad Ford had him rated as the 38th best prospect, so the Pistons getting him at 44 slightly makes up for reaching for Khris Middleton at 39.
English averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. As far as weaknesses, he doesn’t create for himself off the dribble well. So think of him as Gordon for like eight percent of the cost. He’ll be a floor-stretching spot-up shooter. And he’ll be the Pistons official poet laureate: