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Brandon Knight would be a dream come true for Detroit should he fall to them
The one thing that Detroit does have going for them is youth. While the Pistons do have their share of veteran has-beens, they also have young players at key positions. Greg Monroe is the most obvious of these. Monroe has the skills to be a legitimate future All-Star at the power forward position. Towards the end of this past season, he was a consistent double-double guy. And this was only his rookie year. Jonas Jerebko probably won't be much more than a reliable 7th or 8th man for Detroit, but his versatility can still play a key role off the bench in the future. He spent the entire past season hampered by an achilles tendon injury. Will Bynum brings explosiveness and youth to the backcourt, and Rodney Stuckey has only been in the league five years.
Ideally, the Pistons would like to take an all-around forward with their draft pick. Somebody who can score consistently, play good defense, and rebound at both ends of the floor. This is a pretty thin draft for a player of that profile. While not impossible, it is unlikely that Detroit will find themselves in a position to draft someone to fill that role this June. This leaves two other kinds of players to look for: another big man, or a guard.
Many preliminary mock drafts have Detroit going with Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas. While Motiejunas does have some appealing skill shooting the ball for a seven footer, all Detroit fans remember what happened the last time management bought into the hype of a European big man at the top of the draft board. It is critical that the Pistons do not make that same mistake again. Plus, Motiejunas is undersized (just 224 lbs. for his 7'0" frame) and his defensive ability has been questioned heading into the NBA. It's a thin draft for big men, too. Besides Donatas, there aren't a whole lot of options. Not only that, Greg Monroe gives the Pistons a reliable post presence for now.
That leaves the guard position. As mentioned before, Will Bynum is a good punch for the team. However, his skills are better suited off the bench. Rodney Stuckey is not a legitimate point guard and never has been. Not only that, he began to show some frustration towards the end of the past season. Detroit desperately needs a capable player who can come in and run the show at the point guard position. Luckily, there are plenty of reasonable options at point guard this draft. Irving will be well off the board (barring a lottery miracle) by the time Detroit picks, but there are two excellent players who could well be available.
The first of these is Brandon Knight. Knight has the stature and build (6'3", 185). He has excellent physical skills, reliable scoring ability, and a consistent playmaker's touch. Though he doesn't have great court-savvy or awareness at this point, those are things that come with experience, and Knight is only a freshman. He has the skills to be a very good point guard at the professional level, and that's something Detroit desperately needs heading into the future. Walker would be another great decision. He fits the point guard frame (6'1" 175) and has admirable ball movement skills. He isn't quite the scorer Knight is, but again. That can be developed. If there's one thing Walker has shown, it's that he can adapt to adversity.