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No. 8 overall pick-Shabazz Muhammad, SF-UCLA
In this scenario, a team picking behind them moved into one of the top three spots.
We also are going to assume that Burke, Oladipo and Porter are off the board already, leaving the Pistons to choose between Bennett, Muhammad and C.J. McCollum
McCollum is a tempting player for the Pistons, but he reminds me too much of Brandon Knight. He is probably a combo guard and the Pistons have enough combo guards on their roster as it is.
Muhammad likely would be the pick here.
The UCLA product is a tremendous scorer. He can shoot from anywhere on the court, he plays intelligently and has a high motor.
Though not known as an elite athlete, he did flash a nice 37 inch vertical during the pre-draft combine.
The only real knock on Muhammad is his size. He is only about 6'6", which is about two inches shorter than you want your small forward to be. However, he does have a nice 6'11" wingspan though, which should help him compensate.
Defensively, he likely will be average at best. He has good fundamentals, but he just doesn't put forth the effort on that side of the court.
His job, if drafted, would be to score and score often.
This is also the likely scenario should Detroit draft no.9 as well. However, there is virtually no chance that that will be the case as it would involve two teams slated behind the Pistons to win the lottery.
No. 38 overall pick-Myck Kabongo, PG-Texas
The good news for the Pistons is that the second round of the draft will feature plenty of talented point guards to choose from.
Ray McCallum, Nate Wolters and Peyton Siva all should be available.
Myck Kabongo is an intriguing choice.
Once viewed as a potential first round pick, Kabongo was suspended for much of this year and never really got going.
Kabongo is a smart, pass-first point guard that will struggle at the next level to get his own shot.
However he is very quick and solidly athletic if somewhat undersized at about 6'2".
He also is very flashy and could call to mind former Piston Carlos Arroyo with his ability to see the court and look for teammates.
He is a playmaker. Plain and simple.
No. 56 overall pick-Deshaun Thomas, F-Ohio State
As I described in the first scenario, Thomas is a 'tweener that plays hard and can score in a lot of ways.
At this spot, the Pistons just need to add depth and Thomas could be a nice pickup should he fall this far.