Pistons Should Trade Up

Brian MitchellContributor IJune 19, 2009

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The Pistons have a little history of blowing draft picks. We have all seen the Pistons pick Rodney White, Darko Milicic, and Mateen Cleaves with first round picks before. The idea of seeing this happen this year would be mind boggling. Joe Dumars seems to do better with established players in the league with an occasional surprise draft pick.

Even with this past history, I believe the Pistons would benefit most by trading its draft picks for higher ones. The Memphis Grizzlies might be a team to bargain with because they are holding on to the second overall pick in the draft. If the Pistons trade Richard Hamilton and its 1st round pick for the second pick in the draft it could make sense. Tyreke Evans is a combo-guard, like Stuckey, that brings dribble penetration and smooth ball-handling to a conservative Pistons offense. The Pistons defense was average but they were the 3rd worst in the game for offense. Tyreke Evans is a pure scorer with good height. Another option the Pistons have is UConn center Hasheem Thabeet. He could bring the shot blocking and low-post presence that the Pistons have been missing since Ben Wallace departed.

In a draft that is not deep at every position, the Pistons will likely end up with a player that needs a few years to develop. With all the talk of the Pistons landing big free agents, they need players that can fill roles and dominate in spots of games. The draft will not help the Pistons in any area except for the bench unless they obtain one of the top 10 spots. Otherwise, trading the pick seems like the next best option.