Andre Drummond is surely the Pistons’ draft pick who there will be the most interest in, myself included. But I’m also pretty intrigued by Kim English, simply because the Pistons desperately need reliable perimeter shooting and English’s shooting numbers in college were phenomenal. And, judging by this account by MLive’s David Mayo of the lengths Joe Dumars was willing to go to get him, the Pistons were more than intrigued by English:
Dumars said the Pistons got exactly the players they wanted in the draft but said he grew anxious after selecting Middleton at No. 39. He said he knew what the 40th through 43rd picks would be, before the Pistons picked again at No. 44, with one exception – Milwaukee, at No. 42, was an X-factor, so Dumars called up Bucks general manager John Hammond, his former assistant GM in Detroit.
“I said, ‘Who are you taking?’ ” Dumars recounted. “He said, ‘Who are you waiting on?’ I said, ‘Don’t play with me John, who are you taking?’ He said, ‘We’re taking Doron Lamb.’ I said, ‘Cool.’ He said, ‘Who are you taking?’ I said, ‘We’re taking Kim English. If y’all call out Kim English, I’m getting on (Interstate) 75, because it’s on.’ ”
I would love to be in a war room on draft night. Sounds amazing. As for English, Perry Farrell of the Detroit Free Press has a story showing English had a pretty good feel before the draft that he’d be Detroit-bound. But, I suspect, all draft picks say that. This comment from English was even more exciting to me:
“I’m going to be a sponge,” English said. “I’m going to put 10 of last year’s games on my iPad so I can start learning Coach (Lawrence) Frank’s system. I’m big on film. You don’t know your game or your team until you watch them on film. I’m really ready to get started.”
English is such a gym rat that he slept in the gym during parts of his freshman year so he wouldn’t have to walk back and forth from his dorm.
Based on his college production and the things English talks about, it’s pretty easy to feel like he might be another second round steal for the Pistons.