Could the Pistons be looking for a a point guard to off-set Brandon Jennings in the upcoming draft? According to Comcast Sportsnet’s A. Sherrod Blakely, Australian point guard Dante Exum has already interviewed with a handful of teams, including the Detroit Pistons.
Dante Exum has already interviewed with Phoenix, Philly and Detroit. Said the #Celtics are also on his docket this week.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) May 15, 2014
Like Jennings, many consider Exum a combo guard with the intangibles to be a point guard in most NBA systems. Current Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has often received flack for not being a true point guard in the half court setting.
Having two athletic players on the floor at the same time could provide Stan Van Gundy to run multiple sets while using both players talents at different points of the game.
For the Pistons to land the stud guard, it would first take landing in the top 8 in the lottery to secure a pick. It then might also require for them to trade up into the top 5 to select him.
Boston, Orlando, Utah, Philly, and the Los Angeles Lakers all have higher lottery potential and a need for a point guard.
After the success of Michael Carter-Williams in Philadelphia last season, Exum could be a hot target just because of his height.
At 6’6″, he creates match up issues for tons of lead guards across the league. His wingspan at the combine was measured at 6’10” ESPN’s Chad Ford believes that some teams would already target him with the #1 pick if they were to win the lottery.
It’ll be interesting to see in the future where Brandon Jennings fits and if SVG envisions him as a two guard that can get to the glass or more of a trade piece to build up the roster to fit his offensive and defensive philosophies.
It seems that either scenario could be a possibility down the road.