A panel of ESPN experts picked the best fit for Michael Carter-Williams, and Fran Fraschilla named the Pistons:
Fraschilla: Detroit Pistons. New coach Mo Cheeks has two young bigs, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond who could take the lob passes Carter-Williams can throw. Cheeks would be a great role model for a young point guard, and he could help his rookie guard iron out an inconsistent jump shot.
The Pistons might be the best landing spot for Carter-Williams – Fraschilla doesn’t even get into how his ability to defend shooting guards could get him on the court sooner if Brandon Knight is Detroit’s shooting guard – but I have major doubts Carter-Williams is the best choice for the Pistons.
Those lob passes will be pretty difficult to get off if Carter-Williams can’t shoot, because Monroe’s passing can only do so much to space the floor if the Pistons are relying on three players without much range. There are also serious questions about Carter-Williams playmaking ability against good competition.
The Pistons will likely have to pick a player with major question marks, and Carter-Williams could be the best of that bunch. Fraschilla thinks the Pistons could the best by him, and if they agree, that could give him the edge over a crowded group.
But for a team with such a mixed record of developing young players, the Pistons might not be so appealing to Carter-Williams.