June is drawing to a close, and every passing day brings us closer to the NBA Draft.
Or, as Detroit Pistons' fans should call it, one more chance to inch back to relevancy.
Team president Joe Dumars has gotten the last two drafts right, and now he looks for the hat trick.
The Pistons will have plenty of good options at number nine overall, although most likely not a game-changing talent on the level of Greg Monroe.
That being said, there are some dangers here.
Here are three players that the Pistons need to avoid.
Perry Jones will likely be available when the Pistons draft at No. 9, and I will grant you that he is a tempting talent.
He can score in a number of different ways, he is incredibly athletic, and he has good size.
But think about this. Why didn't he dominate in college?
Despite being a highly sought-after player and playing for a middle-of-the-road team like Baylor, he never really distinguished himself.
Sure, he showed flashes of brilliance, but he lacked consistency despite the fact that he was usually the most physically gifted player on the court.
He had just 12 double-doubles in 63 career games despite these physical gifts.
He never averaged a full block per game despite having a 7'2" wingspan.
And most frustrating, he took a major step back last year despite his team gaining more talent.
The inconsistency of his game was ridiculous.
Take a stretch of games last year in February.
This is his points scored from 2/4 through 2/27: 16, 5, 4, 18, 4, 10, 8, 15.
Add to that the fact that he generally shrunk against good competition, and you should get a even scarier picture of Jones.
Against Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Jones scored only five points on 1-8 shooting and only three rebounds during a meeting in February.
Against Missouri, he had a combined 12 points and 11 rebounds in his first two meetings with them.
And in the NCAA tournament, he averaged a pitiful 10 points per game.
The biggest knock against Jones is that he tends to play smaller than his size, his toughness is questionable, and he tends to vanish for long stretches of games.
Not someone I want on my team.
I really want to like Terrence Jones.
He is from the town I currently live in, Portland, Oregon, and he just won a national title with Kentucky.
On the surface, there is a lot to like about him.
He is athletic, can score in a number of ways, and his measureables are off the charts.
So what's the problem?
For one, you can take all that I said about Perry Jones and double it with Terrence.
He took a huge step back this year despite being highly-touted going into his sophomore year.
Take a look at the negatives as explained by ESPN:
- Some mechanics issues with his shot
- Needs to spend more time in the post
- Can fall in love with the 3-pointer
- Demonstrates poor body language
- Inconsistent motor
I had the chance to watch Jones quite a bit this year, and I have to say I was less than impressed.
He spends too much time on the perimeter, and when he doesn't get the ball fed to him early in the game, he sulks and completely loses interest, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
So is he guaranteed to be a bust?
But he is way too risky for Detroit.
This one might be a controversial pick, but stay with me.
We all know that the Pistons need a big that can block shots and rebound to pair with Greg Monroe.
Technically, John Henson does those things-in college.
Now he has been compared to the presumptive number one overall pick, Anthony Davis, and there are reasons for this comparison.
But make no mistake about it, Henson is no Davis.
Let's start with his size.
I was nervous when I thought he might weigh 225 pounds. But now I am petrified given that he weighed in at 216.
That is basically the same weight as Tayshaun Prince.
So Henson is about an inch taller, and the same weight as Tayshaun Prince. And the Pistons are hoping for him to play power forward?
Now the critics will say that Henson is young and he can put on the weight.
He might. But he has an eerily similar frame to Austin Daye, and we are still waiting for him to pack on some pounds.
The truth of the matter is that if he were 230 right now, he might be a good candidate for Detroit.
But at 216 he is just too much of a risk.