Noah Vonleh to Pistons in latest ESPN mock draft

Chad Ford of ESPN published a new mock draft, and he has the Pistons selecting Noah Vonleh with the No. 8 pick:

This Pistons are another team up in the air as far as management goes. It’s unclear exactly what they are going to do now that Joe Dumars has left. Yes, the Pistons are strong up front, but I think Vonleh makes sense for three reasons. One,Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent, and given the Pistons’ salary structure going forward, they might not want to pay him. Two, the Pistons really need a big man who can stretch the floor. Josh Smith thinks he’s that guy, but his 26 percent shooting from 3-point range this season tells a different story. Lastly, Vonleh is, in my opinion, clearly the best player left on the board. You take him and figure things out later.

With Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Joe Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Marcus Smart off the board in this scenario, Vonleh would be my choice, too. And for the exact reason gives last: He’s the best prospect available.

Here are my very early tiers:

Tier 1

  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Jabari Parker
  • Joel Embiid

Tier 2

  • Dante Exum
  • Marcus Smart
  • Noah Vonleh
  • Aaron Gordon
  • Julius Randle

Tier 3

  • Gary Harris
  • Tyler Ennis

Tier 4

  • Nik Stauskas
  • James Young
  • Dario Saric

As the draft nears and we gain information, players will certainly move tiers. This is my early board, though.

So, I’d be thrilled if the Pistons draft Vonleh – mostly because that means they kept their pick.

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