2011 NBA Draft Grades: Detroit Pistons Acquire Steal of Draft
Every year, a player usually falls further than he should in the draft. I was expecting it to be Chris Singleton this year, and while he did fall farther than he should have, that was not the shocker. The shocker was Brandon Knight still being available after the first seven draft picks.
When it was Detroit’s turn to draft, even though rebounding help would have been better, they jumped at the opportunity to acquire Brandon Knight, point guard from Kentucky. It was a great pickup, as Knight can slide into the point guard spot immediately while Rodney Stuckey can move to the two spot.
As great as that pick was, I’m not crazy about the other two. They chose Vernon Macklin with the 52nd pick, even though he was not going to be drafted and could have been acquired as a free agent. He’s athletic but is not NBA-ready just yet.
The selection of Kyle Singler with the 33rd pick is one most seem to love, but I’m not a fan of it. I don’t think Singler will amount to much, as he doesn’t really seem to have a set place you can put him in the lineup. He has good ball handling and rebounding skills, but there isn’t anything that he is great at.
Then again, a well-rounded player may be what the Pistons need. Besides, the story of the draft is Knight, who should immediately light a spark under a Pistons team that badly needs one.
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