Jonas Valanciunas NCAA: Will Detroit Pistons Take Chance on Center?
Jonas Valanciunas Would be Great Fit for Detroit Pistons in 2011 NBA Draft
The Detroit Pistons have been terrible over the last few seasons, and the franchise has been in shambles with bad draft decisions and free agency moves.
One of the biggest areas of need for the Pistons is in the paint, and there answer could be Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas.
Valanciunas is 6’10” and has an enormous wingspan, and his size lends for great rebounding and above average shot blocking.
ESPN NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford is reporting:
I've had Valanciunas going before the eighth pick. If he slides this far, I think the Pistons will grab him. Yes, Detroit will also look at both Bismack Biyombo and Tristan Thompson here. But Valanciunas has two things the Pistons covet: size and major upside. They may have to wait on him a year, but many NBA scouts believe he's the most talented international player in the draft.
Besides Charlie Villanueva and Greg Monroe, the Pistons lack a real presence and depth in the low post, and Valanciunas would probably step in after another year in Europe and be an instant starter.
The Detroit Pistons need to plan for the future, and build around a philosophy that sees defense being the main focus and offense comes from their defensive success.
After so many years of success in Detroit by using a defense fist mentality, it is about time the Pistons planned ahead to build a contender with the right state of mind.
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