Chad Ford of ESPN just released his latest mock draft, and you might like his choice for the Pistons: Trey Burke.
The Pistons are hoping, for a third year in a row, that one of the top seven players on the board slides to them on draft night. However, it the draft holds true to form, look for them to try to address their backcourt at No. 8. The team thinks Brandon Knight is more suited to play the two and would like to bring in a "pure" point guard to run the team. While Burke is a little undersized, he’s highly skilled as both a shooter and a penetrator and has great leadership capabilities. McCollum and Zeller also are possibilities here, especially if both Burke and Carter-Williams are off the board.
Yes, a thousand times yes. I still don’t think Burke will be available at No. 8, and this part of the mock draft could change several times before the actual draft, but Ford reveals a couple hopeful tidbits.
Ford on the Pelicans, who have the No. 6 pick:
They like Trey Burke and Carter-Williams, but sources continue to say that they think Austin Rivers can still make the transition to point guard.
Ford on the Kings, who have the No. 7 pick:
Sounds like Trey Burke isn’t particularly high on their list
This is the time for smokescreens, and maybe the Pelicans and Kings really do like Burke. But if they don’t, he could easily slip. The Magic (No. 2) want a point guard, but they’re probably picking too high for Burke. The Wizards (No. 3) have John Wall. The Bobcats (No. 4) have Kemba Walker. And the Suns (No. 5) have Goran Dragic.
Burke seems like the most likely top prospects to fall to the Pistons, and I’d be absolutely ecstatic if he does.