Toss another name into the Pistons’ cauldron of draft prospects.
Virginia guard Joe Harris joins a diverse group of prospects that the Pistons could select with the No. 38 pick on Thursday. With such a late selection, it’s been hard to get a feel for what Stan Van Gundy may be looking for, but a player like Harris makes a lot sense for the perimeter-needy Pistons.
Harris, 22, is one of the draft’s top shooters, no question, but I think it’s a little unfair to pigeonhole him as simply “just” a shooter. Sure, he averaged 1.9 threes per game during his four-year career at Virginia — finishing as a 41 percent shooter from deep.
There’s more to his game than shooting, though. He was usually good to grab four-or-so rebounds a night, and was more than capable of moving the ball within Virginia’s grind-it-out offense. That system may have hurt him as the years went on, specifically when the best Cavaliers were a legit contender this year, and Harris took a bit of a back seat offensively.
But either way, it looks like he can be a good positional defender and is proven to be a more-than able shooter. That sounds like two pretty big areas of need for the Pistons, right?