DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony wrote his first mock draft for Yahoo! Sports, and he has the Pistons drafting C.J. McCollum:
8. Detroit Pistons C.J. McCollum (PG/SG, 21, 6-3, 197, Lehigh, senior): The Pistons’ rebuilding continues. They missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and won just 37 percent of their games in that span. The Pistons have some nice young pieces to build around, especially in the frontcourt with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but the backcourt situation is not as promising. Brandon Knight still hasn’t proven himself as a point guard capable of leading a winning team on a nightly basis and Rodney Stuckey has seemingly regressed. The situation at small forward is similarly in doubt. The Pistons will likely look hard at each of those three positions, but are missing quality depth throughout the roster, so nothing can really be ruled out. A highly efficient combo guard like C.J. McCollum could slide in nicely between Knight and Stuckey, giving them some much-needed scoring. The fact that he comes ready to play right away has to be attractive for a team (and ownership group) that is desperate to win at this point.
McCollum has definitely grown on me. He scored well at Lehigh, but he didn’t show much passing skill. I think there’s a good chance that was because Lehigh needed him to shoot so much. McCollum hasn’t proven himself a bad passer. He just hasn’t proven himself a good one.
That’s a difficult skill to test in pre-draft workouts, but it would be essential for the Pistons to make a determination on him. McCollum seems so smart about the approach he takes to scoring that I’m hopeful he has the court sense to become a plus passer – if he isn’t one already, hidden underneath all those points.
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