For the fifth straight year, I’ll be doing the internet’s foremost amateurish Detroit Pistons draft prospect evaluation for PistonPowered. But after five years (see 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 versions), how do we keep things fresh? Well, mostly by doing everything the same. But also, reader interactivity! In the past, we’ve just unveiled these one by one, but this year, I don’t want to pick all of the prospects we feature myself. So here’s how it will work:
- We will write about 32 total prospects (two per week through the week of the draft in June, 16 weeks from this week).
- I have picked 20 to write about — Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Devyn Marble, Nik Stauskas, Patric Young, Dante Exum, Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Glenn Robinson III, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, Dario Saric, Aaron Gordon, P.J. Hairston, Adreian Payne, James Young, Noah Vonleh, Keith Appling, Tyler Ennis and Gary Harris.
- You guys are going to pick the other 12 we feature, simply by voting in the comments of this post. Of the guys I haven’t named above, you can vote simply by typing the name of a prospect you’d like to see written up in the comments. You can vote today through Friday (I’ll tally up total votes at the end of the week and the top 12 vote getters will be written up).
- Seriously, lots of people please vote for Travis Bader (sidenote: I will probably write Bader up anyway even if you don’t vote for him).
Honestly, this series each year is my favorite thing to write for PistonPowered. Gauging the pro potential of college prospects always leads to a wide range of opinions, and with the hype of this year’s potential draft class, there should be a lot of spirited debate. I’m certainly not any better at predicting success than anyone else (although I will take credit for claiming Draymond Green had a legit NBA future earlier than anyone else on the internet thought it was possible and totally calling Reggie Jackson’s potential … we won’t talk about my Charles Jenkins prediction), but my hope is these profiles give insight to a wide range of opinions on the prospects, not just my thoughts.
Unfortunately, the best part of the season for Pistons fans for far too long has been the lead-up to the draft. So everyone try and pretend that the Pistons aren’t in danger of losing a lottery pick and hopefully these profiles can allow everyone to have a distraction from the Pistons scoring 35 points in a quarter and still LOSING THE QUARTER and similar shenanigans as the season winds down.