NBA Draft 2012: Detroit Pistons Eyeing Guard Help in Second Round

Matthew SundbergCorrespondent IIJune 7, 2012

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13:  Scott Machado #3 of the Iona Gaels drives on Craig Cusick #2 of the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons are most likely going to upgrade a lackluster frontcourt with their first pick at No. 9 overall in the upcoming NBA draft.

The real question on many fans' minds is what they are going to do with their two second-round picks.

Slated at No. 39 and No. 44, the Pistons have options of what they want to do, assuming they keep both picks.

Early indications from the NBA combine in Chicago are that Detroit might be looking for some depth at the guard spot, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Current backup guard Will Bynum is entering his last year of his deal, and with rumblings of fans and management of wanting to move Ben Gordon, the Pistons need to look to secure players to compliment Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight.

Iona point guard Scott Machado was in the first media session at the combine today and said that he's interviewed with Detroit and has a workout coming at Auburn Hills in the coming weeks.

The 6'1", 180-pound guard played four seasons at Iona, becoming the school's all-time leader in assists. Machado was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and Wooden Award. His passing is what has kept him on the NBA draft radar, as he led the nation in assists at over ten a game.  

Machado has been knocked for his lack of scoring and not being an overwhelmingly speedy guard. Also, playing in the MAAC puts him at a disadvantage of other point guards from the likes of the ACC and SEC.


What has impressed scouts, though, is his natural basketball instincts and the "floor general" approach he brings to the game.

This years draft is woefully weak at the point guard spot, and Machado has been projected in the second round, right where the Pistons' two selections lie.

I'm not saying the Pistons are in love with Machado, but there has been some interest. What will be intriguing, though, is how the Pistons approach the second round.

Not many mock drafts have the Pistons addressing backcourt issues, but it may be one they want to consider with one of their second-round picks.