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First-round pick: Brandon Knight
Second-round picks: Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin
Heading into the 2011 draft, the Pistons were no doubt riding a slight high. They had successfully drafted Greg Monroe and saw significant development from their talented big man.
What they really needed to address in this draft was improving their talent overall, mainly in the backcourt.
Most fans wanted the Pistons to draft the point guard of the future.
Brandon Knight fell into the Pistons' lap. He had been projected to go anywhere from second to sixth overall.
Nobody thought he would fall to Detroit at eight, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
But why exactly did he slip? He is athletic, quick and can score. However, he is undersized as a shooting guard and didn't exhibit the court vision or passing ability to be a point guard.
So far, he has been wildly inconsistent as a point guard.
The hope in Detroit was that with the addition of Jose Calderon as a true point guard, Knight would flourish playing off the ball and scoring.
At first, it looked good, with Knight having a breakout game against San Antonio.
But he has collapsed of late, scoring a combined 17 points over his last three games.
He looks lost in both roles.
Kyle Singler has been solid as a rookie and figures to be at least a nice complementary player.
This was far from a deep draft, but there were some nice options right after Knight.
Kemba Walker is much more of a true point guard than Knight, and while he isn't a great shooter from deep, he is having a better year.
He is averaging over 17 points and nearly six assists per game. He is slowly improving as a shooter, getting his three-point percentage upwards of 34 percent.
Kenneth Faried was a player that I liked a lot.
Some would have seen him as a reach at the eight spot, but he is a ferocious defender and rebounder and would have brought the toughness that the Pistons crave.
Kawhi Leonard was another nice option here, but he slipped all the way to 15. He is developing into a great player for the San Antonio Spurs and also provides good defense and toughness.
And then there is Klay Thompson. Son of former top pick Mychal Thompson (who a mutual friend says is a great guy), Thompson could shoot the lights out in college.
This year, he is averaging over 16 points per game and knocking down nearly 39 percent of his threes.
In the second round, Singler so far has been about the third most effective player and wasn't a bad pick.
Chandler Parsons, however, would also have been a nice selection. He is averaging close to 12 points and just over five boards per game over the last two years.
Macklin hasn't panned out as a professional and no longer is with the team. A few selections later was Isaiah Thomas who has averaged close to 12 points per game in his two-year career.
The two players that I liked the most here were Faried and Walker. I was screaming at the television when Knight's name was called. I just figured Walker would provide so much more leadership, which the Pistons craved.
Going back, I would have made Walker the pick, and that's still how I feel today.
In the second round, let's keep Singler and add Thomas.