The 2008 NBA Draft is completed in New York City and now it is time to look back and see what the Detroit Pistons accomplished or didn't accomplish on draft night. The Pistons were scheduled to have the 29th and 59th overall picks in this year's draft.
Many thought that the Pistons would either go withJustin Thompson, a forward from Rider or Chris Douglas-Roberts, a guard/forward from Memphis with the 29th overall pick. Well, Thompson went surprisingly #12 overall to the Sacramento Kings and Joe Dumars and the front office didn't seem to want Douglas-Roberts.
Pick #29 Overall: D.J. White, F/Indiana *TRADED TO SEATTLE*
White at Indiana averaged 17.4 points a game and 10.3 rebounds a game in his senior year, which ranked him amongst the best in both categories. After picking White news of trade circulated and the Pistons sent White to Seattle for the 32nd and 46th overall picks in the draft. GRADE: B
Pick #32 Overall: Walter Sharpe, F/UAB
Another surprise pick since Douglas-Roberts was still on the board. Sharpe is a 6-9, 245 lbs. Power Forward out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sharpe transferred three times during his college career, going from Mississippi to Mississippi State, then to UAB. During college he averaged 8.6 points a game and 3.8 rebounds a game. GRADE: D
Pick #46 Overall: Trent Plaisted, F/BYU
This 6-11 big guy was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2006 and won 1st Team All-Conference as a Junior. He averaged 15.6 points a game (6th in MWC) and 7.7 rebounds a game (2nd in MWC) as a senior. Plasteid can run the floor well for a big man and has pretty good post game where he can use either his left or right hand both equally good. Also, he has a solid mid-range jump shot. GRADE: C+
Pick #59 Overall: Deron Washington, F/Virginia Tech
A very versitile 6-7 guard/forward will have a slim chance to make the Pistons roster to start the 2008-2009 season. Washington averaged 13.1 points a game and6.5 rebounds a game last season. Deron also shot a decent 26% behind the three point line. Don't expect to much our of him, maybe a reserve to start the season or even sent to the Developmental League team. GRADE: C-
As a Pistons fan, I see this draft as very disappointing. Many, including me, were expecting C.D.R. from Memphis and the Pistons got a few decent and less than impressive Forwards. I would be surprised if any of these players make the squad next season.
Chances are that the Pistons make some sort of trade before the season starts. Rumors say that the Pistons could get players such as Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, Al Harrington, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph and many others.
OVERALL DRAFT GRADE: C-