Chad Ford has posted his reaction to every pick in the draft. Here are his takes on each player the Pistons picked. Ford on Drummond:
I think this is where the reward starts to outweigh the risk for the Pistons in terms of taking Drummond. And he winds up in a perfect situation in Detroit. The Pistons need a shot-blocker and rebounder in the paint to pair with Greg Monroe. Drummond is a project, but he has as much upside as anyone else in the draft other than Anthony Davis. The question, and it’s a real one, is whether he’ll reach it.
Ford on Middleton:
I really like Middleton. He’s a smooth scorer with a great midrange game. He was projected as a first-round pick last year but injuries hurt his stock. A nice pick for Detroit here.
Ford on English:
The Pistons traded away Ben Gordon and felt they needed scoring. English shot the lights out from 3 as a senior and was incredibly efficient for Missouri. He really started coming on in workouts. He’s skinny, but English will fill a big need for the Pistons.
Honestly, I was a little surprised that Ford seemed so high on the Middleton pick, considering he had Middleton ranked 48th among his top 100 prospects. As I said last night, my issue with Middleton is not so much that I don’t think he’ll be good. It’s just that the Pistons have about 37 small forwards on their roster right now.