Detroit Pistons Draft 2012: Don't Be Surprised If They Move Down

Matthew SundbergCorrespondent IIJune 4, 2012

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After the 2012 draft lottery, the Detroit Pistons are slated to stay at the No. 9 spot.

Don't be surprised if that changes.

Pistons fans probably don't want to hear it, but there is a very real possibility that Detroit will move down.

Being at the No. 9 spot has put the Pistons in a very unique position. They are not able to draft a complete franchise-changing player in the top five, but still possess the opportunity to draft a quality player in the top 10.

Most fans and mock drafts have had the Pistons gearing up to help their frontcourt, as they should be. With the likely starting backcourt of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight, Detroit is probably set at the guard spots for awhile.

This year is remarkably deep at the power forward position, which is probably the Pistons' biggest need.

There are five players sure to be off the board by the time the No. 9 pick rolls around. Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond are all certain to be gone, while Harrison Barnes may be as well.

The point is, when the Pistons' pick rolls around, there will be roughly seven frontcourt guys that could be interchangeable.

Unless there are one or two guys that the Pistons absolutely fall in love with, it's very possible to think that they will move down, get some value for their pick and let the chips fall where they may.

The logical choice for a deal like this would be with Houston at No. 14 and No. 16, but I wouldn't be surprised if only one of those picks were utilized and some sort of cash or player was involved.

Another suitor could be Boston at No. 21 and No. 22.

These aren't the only potential deals that could happen, but they appear to be most logical upon first glance.

The intangible factor here is Joe Dumars himself.

No one can deny that Dumars is on the hot seat, and how he handles this upcoming draft could be a deciding factor of his future.

While he has made some excellent picks in Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe, fans have questioned others since their championship, such as Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

It could be a very savvy move on his part.

This year, it would be very easy to take a power forward at No. 9, only to see the next five power forwards pan out to be better professionals.

Dumars could get value for the No. 9 pick, move back and take the best available player.

Later in the draft, the selection would become more clear, exonerating him from the risk of an uproar if he took a bust at No. 9.

It's not a certainty, just a theory.

I just wouldn't be surprised if it happened.