Chad Ford prefaced this mock draft by calling the 2013 NBA Draft the most unpredictable one he’s ever covered, but he’s still providing his best stab at a mock draft, and with the eighth pick, he has the Pistons taking Anthony Bennett:
For a third year in a row, the Pistons are hoping that one of the top seven players on the board takes a surprise dip on draft night. They might get their wish. While the team is after a point guard, Bennett might be too good to pass up. He can play both the 4 and the 3 and gives them another great scoring option in their frontcourt. Carter-Williams would be another serious option here.
I have Trey Burke, whom Ford has falling to the Thunder at No. 12, rated ahead of Bennett. If you want to understand why I’m so high on Burke, Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated wrote about why Burke is underrated, and his reasons largely overlap with my own. I’d be pleased with Bennett in a vacuum, just not quite as happy if it meant passing on Burke.
Ford also updated his second-round mock, giving the Pistons Archie Goodwin at No. 37:
Goodwin was billed as a poor man’s Russell Westbrook coming into Kentucky. He struggled mightily, but the raw talent is there. He’s got elite speed and athletic abilities. If he ever figures out a jumper, he’s got a lot of upside.
And Solomon Hill at 56:
The Pistons could use a small forward and Hill is a player who doesn’t excel in any one area, but is a leader on the floor. A perfect fit with a team like the Pistons.