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Nobody has seen their draft stock slip quite like Shabazz Muhammad.
Does this sound familiar?
Prior to his freshman year, many thought he could be the first overall pick and perhaps had the most talent in his draft class.
Now this has to sound awfully familiar.
Two years ago, Brandon Knight was viewed by almost everyone around the league as a sure-fire top three pick. However, he slipped to the Pistons.
Last year, Andre Drummond was viewed as the biggest gamble in the draft. I personally had mixed feelings. I loved his athleticism and size, but I was worried that he seemed to vanish in college and too often played smaller than he was.
But heading into college, he was viewed as a potential number one overall pick.
We can argue all day about whether or not Knight is panning out, but the Drummond pick certainly looks like an inspired one.
Now we turn to Muhammad.
The talented swingman is known for one thing above all, he can score. He can shoot lights out, he has a nice post game for a wing and he has a great motor.
The questions that should be posed revolve around how his game fits at the next level. Is he going to be a shooting guard or a small forward? Can he create his own shot against more athletic wings? Can he develop into a solid passer?
For Detroit, their best player to compare Muhammad to in terms of hopes and aspirations would be Harrison Barnes.
Barnes was similarly highly touted coming into college. He also had a somewhat disappointing freshman year in which questions arose about his athleticism and whether or not he could get off his own shot.
And though he had his ups and downs as a rookie, his true colors came out during the playoffs. He emerged as a genuine rising star, averaging over 16 points per game to go along with over six rebounds.
Muhammad has the benefit of being a less passive player who would be entering a team without a go-to scorer. Therefore, his learning curve should be substantially smaller than Barnes.
Muhammad is perhaps the best fit for the Pistons at No. 8.