Pistons select Anthony Bennett in TrueHoop Network mock draft

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Alex Len (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)

2. Orlando Magic: Nerlens Noel (Eddy Rivera, Magic Basketball)

3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter (Kyle Weidie, Truth About It.net)

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Victor Oladipo (Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops)

5. Phoenix Suns: Ben McLemore (Ryan Weisert/ Kevin Zimmerman, Valley of the Suns)

6. New Orleans Pelicans: C.J. McCollum (Ryan Schwan, Bourbon Street Shots)

7. Sacramento Kings: Trey Burke (James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom)

8. Detroit Pistons: Anthony Bennett (Dan Feldman, PistonPowered)

This was a pretty easy pick once Bennett dropped. Though I think Burke is the most likely top player to fall to Detroit, Bennett is probably second-most likely.

Unfortunately, I don’t rate him nearly as highly as I do Burke – both as a prospect and as a fit for the Pistons.

Bennett definitely has more upside than Burke and could become a dominant offensive forward with his inside-out skills. Burke is better right now, though.

With Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Bennett also would be coming into a somewhat set lineup as far as bigs. Compared to the other options on the board, Bennett’s talent probably outweighs that, but it’s still a concern. Some believe he could play small forward, but I don’t really see that. His advantages – his agility, his ball skills – are really advantages against only power forwards. I suppose there’s no harm in trying him at small forward, but any experimenting would have to wait until Bennett’s injured shoulder heals – another reason he could slip to Detroit.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Steve McPherson, A Wolf Among Wolves)

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller (Danny Nowell, Portland Roundball Society)

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Kelly Olynyk (Tom Sunnergren, Hoop76)

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams (Royce Young, Daily Thunder)

13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams (Ian Levy, The Two Man Game)

14. Utah Jazz: Shabazz Muhammad (Andy Larsen, Salt City Hoops)

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shane Larkin (Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball)

16. Boston Celtics: Dennis Schroeder (Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub)

17. Atlanta Hawks: Rudy Gobert (Bo Churney, HawksHoop)

18. Atlanta Hawks: Jamaal Franklin (Bo Churney, HawksHoop)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Sergey Karasev (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)

20. Chicago Bulls: Giannis Adetokunbo (Michael Pina, Red94/CelticsHub)

21. Utah Jazz: Lucas Nogueira (Andy Larsen, Salt City Hoops)

22. Brooklyn Nets: Tony Mitchell (Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest)

23. Indiana Pacers: Reggie Bullock (Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm)

24. New York Knicks: Ricky Ledo (Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger)

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Gorgui Dieng (Fred Katz, ClipperBlog)

26. Minnesota Timberwolves: Allen Crabbe (Steve McPherson, A Wolf Among Wolves)

27. Denver Nuggets: Erick Green (Kalen Deremo, Roundball Mining Co.)

28. San Antonio Spurs: Mike Muscala (Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell)

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Royce Young, Daily Thunder)

30. Phoenix Suns: Jeff Withey (Ryan Weisert/ Kevin Zimmerman, Valley of the Suns)

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