The Detroit Pistons used their lone pick of the night in the second round to grab a first round talent. Spencer Dinwiddie will be the newest Detroit Piston, and the first acquisition of the new Stan Van Gundy regime.
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If you’ve been following Pistons101 you already know a great deal about Spencer Dinwiddie, and how he is a great fit for the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-6-inch combo guard has the ability to come in and play both the shooting and point guard positions. He will spell Brandon Jennings at point, and will be able to help make up some of the scoring lost if Rodney Stuckey leaves in free agency. It is very rare to find a player that has both great passing ability, and the ability to shoot outside, but it appears the Pistons have found just that in Dinwiddie.
The Colorado product was having a fine junior year until he tore his ACL in January, which is what caused him to fall down most draft boards. Before the injury many thought Dinwiddie had a good chance to be drafted in the lottery. The Pistons are essentially betting on Dinwiddie’s recovery. They believe that he will come back from the injury, and still be a great athlete that helps the team.
The new regime is in and changes are coming. It was nice to see the Pistons address a clear need with a combo guard that can do a multitude of things offensively, and should be able to be an adequate defender due to a generous wingspan. Props have to be given to Van Gundy, and the front office for outlining a plan and sticking to it. They identified the player they wanted, and were able to scoop him up early in the second round. A good start for the new direction of the Detroit Pistons.
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