We’ve covered this before, but a review: There are six consensus players – Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo and Alex Len – who are very likely to go ahead of the Pistons. For Trey Burke to fall to the Pistons, one additional player must go ahead of Detroit (or to get one of the consensus top six, two non-consensus players must jump Detroit).
So is Cody Zeller, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.
Ford on the Magic, who have the No. 2 pick:
Cody Zeller is a dark horse at No. 2.
Ford on the Bobcats, who have the No. 4 pick:
Indiana’s Cody Zeller also has fans in Charlotte, too.
Ford on the Suns, who have the No. 5 pick:
sources say there’s strong support in the front office for Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams and Indiana’s Zeller
I like Zeller a decent amount, but if a team ahead of the Pistons picks him, all the better.