In Chad Ford’s first mock draft, the Pistons use the No. 5 pick on Victor Oladipo, even though Trey Burke and Shabazz Muhammad are on the board:
The Pistons’ biggest need is at small forward. Since shipping Tayshaun Prince off to Memphis, they haven’t really had anyone fill his spot. However, I think Oladipo is a better fit for Detroit. Rodney Stuckey has worn out his welcome in Detroit and Oladipo is the type of player that thrived with the Pistons when President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars was still suiting up. Olapido is an elite defender, an explosive athlete and a rapidly improving offensive player. They could settle on a player like Shabazz Muhammad here, but I think Oladipo is the best player on the board for them.
Without yet knowing when the Pistons will pick, I’d be happy to get Oladipo. I’d also be happy to get Burke. Other players on my happy-to-get list – Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter and Ben McLemore – are more likely to be gone unless the Pistons move up in the lottery, so the Pistons’ decision very well could come down to Oladipo or Burke. I go back and forth between those two, though I I’d prefer Burke at this exact moment.
Whom would you prefer for the Pistons, Oladipo or Burke?