NBA Draft 2012: 5 Players the Detroit Pistons Should Target with Picks
The Detroit Pistons have been handed the No. 9 selection of the up and coming NBA Draft. With Joe Dumars' team on the brink of a turnaround, the Pistons must walk out the draft as winners with promising prospects.
Over the past few years, the Pistons have assembled a quality core of talent to build around. Greg Monroe is one of the best centers in the league, Brandon Knight has shown flashes as the point guard of the future, and Rodney Stuckey is now capable of a breakout scoring season as the Pistons shooting guard.
Even with these pieces set, Detroit still has holes in the roster. Dumars plans on addressing needs instead of picking the best talent available. Lucky for them, this up-and-coming draft class is deep in both rounds.
Here are five players the Pistons should have on their draft board.
1. John Henson, PF, North Carolina
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John Henson is a player Detroit can plug in right away and develop at the same time. Given his size and skill set, the Pistons can mold Henson into a solid low-post defender as well as on the help side.
Henson is a great athlete for a 6-10 power forward. He runs the floor well, and defends the paint well with his 7-4 wingspan. Henson is a bit raw on offense, but his low post game would grow next to Greg Monroe, especially on the offensive glass.
The Pistons had an unstable rotation at power forward last season with Jason Maxiell, Ben Wallace, and Jonas Jerebko. Henson would solidify Detroit's frontcourt with a noticeable defensive improvement.
2. Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State
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Arnett Moultrie started the season as a late first-round pick. After breaking out at Mississippi State as a double-double machine, Moultrie's stock skyrocketed as a late lottery pick. If Moultrie falls into the Piston's lap, their No. 9 selection should be a no-brainer.
As Greg Monroe continued to develop, he began to see more and more double teams in the post. A complimentary player like Moultrie would spread the floor for Detroit, and create plenty of one-on-ones for the the Pistons down low.
Moultrie averaged 16.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and an efficient 54.9 percent from the field asserting himself as a real threat in college basketball. With a 6'11" 230-pound frame and a well polished all-around game, Moultrie is ready to contribute at the pro level.
3. Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Kentucky
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It's not yet known which forward Terrence Jones will be in the NBA, but he's capable of starting at either for the Pistons. Jones could either start as a power forward next season, or be groomed as the small forward of the future behind Tayshaun Prince.
Jones was a star during his two-year reign at Kentucky averaging 14 points and eight rebounds. He has a great inside and outside face-up game with the ability to drive and knock down jumpers. Jones could spread the floor for the Pistons creating mismatches at either forward position.
Jones is one of the most versatile prospects in the draft this year. Another left-handed forward isn't ideal for the Pistons right now. But at 6'9" 250 pounds, with top-notch athleticism and physicality, Jones might be too good to pass up.
4. Darius Miller, SF, Kentucky
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If the Pistons follow their draft strategy by addressing their need of another big man, the second round gives Dumars a chance to select the best player available. Detroit still needs some depth in the frontcourt, and Darius Miller would be another quality addition.
Miller is another versatile Kentucky forward that could contribute right away for the Pistons. He isn't a superstar, but he's the kind of role player every championship team needs on their roster.
Miller never dominated offensively, but he was a reliable shooter when called on. Miller also has the capability of guarding multiple positions because of his 6'8" 225-pound frame. Detroit needs to get back to their tough defensive mold, and Miller is the perfect kind of player to have.
5. Kim English, G/F, Missouri
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If the Pistons decide to trade Ben Gordon next season, they'll be in desperate need of a scorer off the bench. Kim English could step in as that scoring bench threat Gordon has been the past couple years.
English can play either play the 2-guard or small forward in the NBA. English broke out as a scorer for Missouri with almost 15 points per game. He's a terrific catch and shoot option, and is an active team defender.
English isn't a supreme athlete, but his high basketball IQ and ability to knock down open shots gives him a shot to contribute in the NBA. If Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight start hot and score early, English will keep the Pistons offense on track when he comes off the bench.