Detroit Pistons Have Options at 8th Pick
The Detroit Pistons select 8th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft to be conducted on Thursday night.
This selection makes the sixth year in a row that the Pistons find themselves in lottery range (selections 1-14), and this year they actually hold their draft pick, whereas last year's lottery choice was traded away because the Pistons couldn't hold down a top eight selection as part of the Ben Gordon trade with Charlotte.
With so few hours to go and many mock drafts already done all around the country, the consensus seems to be the Pistons need a man on the outer edge with size, who can score.
A position two or three (Shooting Guard or Small Forward) player seems to be in order in many expert's beliefs and luckily this year's draft class is very deep in those departments.
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor says that there are five players that fit in to that two or three position range in the top 12 of the 2015 class, surely there will be choices to be made by the Detroit organization on who among that group will be the best fit into their depth chart.
Taking a look around the national and local scene here's who various writers have the Pistons selecting in their mock drafts.
David Mayo of mLive: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona.
"[Johnson] was the most physically imposing big-time player at his position in college basketball. Hot-shot guard Devin Booker still will offer some temptation here.
Terry Foster of The Detroit News: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona.
"He’s a versatile player who can play two through four, and is improving as a shot-maker. He must, however, improve his shooting."
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: Mario Hezonja, SF, FC Barcelona.
"Croatian swingman would provide needed athleticism and shooting. Scouts like upside, but there are questions about temperament."
Chris Mannix of si.com: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky.
"Van Gundy says... they will take the best player on the board. That could be Booker, a young (18) sweet shooting two guard who will need seasoning but could turn into a high level starter down the road."
Zach Harper of cbssports.com: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona.
"He can play the defense Van Gundy craves and stretching the floor for Andre Drummond is the biggest key for the Pistons."
Sam Vecenie of cbssports.com: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona.
"...They could still use more depth and talent on the wing. Johnson also would profile reasonably well as a stretch-four himself, and would be a perfect option for what the Pistons would like to do both on offense and defense."
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider: Mario Hezonja, SF, FC Barcelona.
"He's a good athlete who can really shoot it -- a prospect who can provide much-needed help on the wing for Detroit."
Chad Ford, ESPN Insider: Kelly Oubre G/F, Kansas.
"You can make an argument for Stanley Johnson, Sam Dekker or Devin Booker here. But to me, Oubre has the most upside and the Pistons need to be patient enough to wait for it. His length, defensive potential and his ability to shoot 3s could make him a star someday. He's risky, but I tend to personally err on the side of upside."
There you have it, eight authorities on basketball weighing in on what the Pistons should do. What do you think basketball, and Pistons fans? Are the choices spot on, or would a NCAA tournament star like Frank Kaminsky or Willie Cauley-Stein be a fit in the motor city? Sound off below.