NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects for Detroit Pistons in the Second Round

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IJune 18, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects for Detroit Pistons in the Second Round

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    Much has been made of what the Detroit Pistons should do with their first-round pick.

    Some have them taking Jared Sullinger, some have them grabbing Tyler Zeller, and nearly everyone else has them taking John Henson.

    But what about the second round?

    The Pistons have three of the first 44 picks in this draft, and I'm curious about the second two.

    We never know just who will be available in the second round, but we do know that every year someone who is drafted in the second round becomes a hidden gem in this league.

    The Pistons have had some luck in this regard in the past. They selected Memo Okur, Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko over the years, and each of those players has had some success in the league.

    Here are five players that the Pistons must target in the second round.

Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

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    Now, Ezeli is far from a lock to still be available when the Pistons draft in the second round.

    He has been projected as high as a late first-round pick by some analysts, but others suggest that his raw offensive game might be a hindrance for him.

    Either way, Detroit needs to pay attention to this talent.

    Ezeli has a lot of the same characteristics as Serge Ibaka. He is extremely long, athletic and is very quick.

    He blocks shots very well and can rebound.

    He needs to work on his offensive game, however, as it is about as raw as anyone's. 

    Could he be the next Ibaka or the next Yinka Dare?

    It would be worth a second-round pick to me to find out.

Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas

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    We all hope that Brandon Knight will become the stud we all think he can become.

    But what's the back-up plan, both literally and figuratively?

    Taylor is a freak of nature. He has a 7'6" wingspan, good size and an explosive game.

    He has a good head on his shoulders and sees the court very well.

    He has a questionable jumper, but that's okay, especially for a backup.

Kyle O'Quinn, C, Norfolk State

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    The Pistons need size in a desperate way, and not just with their first pick.

    O'Quinn is athletic, huge and strong.

    He can rebound, block shots and intimidate.

    He is still very raw offensively, and some have questioned his court sense.

    Personally, I think that you can't teach size or tenacity, and O'Quinn has both of those traits. He also looked really good in the NCAA tournament, scoring 26 points to go with his 14 rebounds in a huge upset of Missouri.

    He probably will still be there when Detroit picks, and the Pistons should certainly take a chance on this beast.

Darius Miller, SF, Kentucky

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    The critics of this pick will rightly point out that Miller has been a career backup at Kentucky.

    They also will point out that his defense is far from stellar.

    Both of those points are valid.

    But he also is a winner, can shoot the lights out, and is very athletic.

    The Pistons are desperate for athleticism on the wings, and Miller could become a very good backup to Tayshaun Prince.

William Buford, SG, Ohio State

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    It pains me to have a Buckeye on this list, but I have done my due diligence here.

    I have been watching Buford tear out the hearts of my Wolverines for years now, and I love the kid's game.

    He can score from anywhere on the court, has unlimited range and plays intelligently.

    The Pistons don't really need another guard, but the competitive fire that Buford plays with will make him a good player to have around.

    He also makes Ben Gordon even more expendable, which can't hurt.