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Detroit Pistons Could Target Point Guard with No. 8 Pick, Says ESPN’s Chad Ford

June 4th, 2013 at 8:17 PM
By Phil Fattore
Another week closer to the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27th means another week of changing speculation across the mock draft wire. Last week, Pistons 101 looked at the possibility of Anthony Bennett falling to the Pistons with the no. 8 selection overall. The basis for Bennett's slip to no. 8 revolved around the idea of there being major indecisiveness at the top of the draft order, and with the Orlando Magic reportedly looking at nine different players and Ben McLemore potentially slipping out of the top three, there's a chance that the Pistons come up with a steal on draft night. 
In Chad Ford's most recent mock draft, the Magic's wide-openness is discussed along with Ben McLemore falling to the Phoenix Suns with the no. 5 pick. Michigan's Trey Burke is going no. 7 in the mock draft, and the Pistons, still needing a point guard according to Ford, decide on Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse at no. 8. Here's what Ford writes on Carter-Williams and the Pistons: (ESPN Insider required) 
"I'm hearing with increasing frequency the Pistons might target a point guard. The team thinks Brandon Knight might be more effective at the 2, and if they could get a big point guard like Carter-Williams, he could be the perfect fit in the backcourt with Knight. They really would like a pure playmaker who can help their young guys get better. Given Carter-Williams' significant upside, he might be a great play here."
If what Ford has being hearing about the Pistons is true, then taking Carter-Williams at no. 8 likely ensures that Jose Calderon will not be re-signing with the organization once free agency begins following the NBA Draft. More troubling about the Carter-Williams analysis, there didn't appear to be enough evidence last season of Brandon Knight's ability to regularly be the off-guard in the Pistons offense when Calderon ran the point for the post-trade portion of the season. Knight might possibly be more “effective” at the two, but the term is relative as Knight was the definition of inconsistency in both play and injury last season. Carter-Williams' length, defense and passing ability are traits that the Pistons likely value, but there are justifiable questions about whether or not Carter-Williams can score the ball well enough, and with enough dependability to be a starting point guard in the NBA
There's no doubting that the Pistons would like to pick up a point guard in this draft, but with two picks in the second round couldn't the point guard position be addressed then? The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis is  reporting that the Pistons are planning on working out Detroit Mercy point guard Ray McCallum before the draft. McCallum would be a solid pick at no. 38 and a great pick with the no. 56 pick. Last week, the Pistons also worked out a number of point guards (Peyton Siva, Elijah Johnson, "MoMo" Jones, among others) all slotted to fall to the second round. As the Pistons have already shown interest in the second-round point guard prospects, Carter-Williams would likely have to "wow" the Pistons in a private workout to earn a place in the lottery with them. 
The draft is only 23 days away, and the news will keep coming fast and frequent up until the June 27th draft night. Stay tuned to Pistons 101.
Tags: 2013 NBA Draft, Basketball, Chad Ford, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Draft

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