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Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: Ben Hansbrough

Although Ben Hansbrough’s college career got a slower start than older brother Tyler’s, the younger bro had a standout senior season and was named Big East Player of the Year. His shooting ability will certainly attract NBA attention.


Measurables: 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, senior G from Notre Dame

Key stats: 18.4 points,4.3 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three

Projected: Second round

How would he help the Pistons?

Hansbrough’s 3-point shooting is his most NBA-ready skill, shooting 44 percent this season from three and shooting above 40 percent from long range and three of his four college seasons. The fact that as a senior at Notre Dame he showed the ability to not only shoot, but create shots for others, has made him more of an NBA prospect than he was considered to be a year ago. The Pistons have only two players — Austin Daye and Ben Gordon — who can be called natural 3-point shooters, so adding a player with Hansbrough’s stroke in the second round would certainly give them more flexibility to put shooters on the floor to compliment the team’s slashers.

The fact that he excelled as Notre Dame’s point guard this season, particularly in the pick and roll, should make him even more appealing to the Pistons considering the team has yet to find the long-term answer at that position. Hansbrough may not be a NBA starter, but his shooting, toughness and his competitiveness are three key areas where he could help improve the Pistons.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Adding any guard who isn’t going to be an immediate starter is not the best proposition for the Pistons. Hansbrough, even if he will be a solid NBA player at some point, wouldn’t be likely to crack the rotation barring a trade or two by the Pistons to clear out some guards. And although he proved to be a solid point guard at the college level this season, it remains to be seen if he has the quickness, ball-handling or finishing ability to excel at that position as anything more than a role player in the NBA.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

SHe generates over a third of his offense in pick-and-roll and isolation situations, where he is extremely efficient. He has a below average first step for an NBA point guard, but he has good size and strength and is a strong ball handler capable of changing speeds effectively. He shows choppy footwork and has the ability to use quick spin moves to keep defenders off balance and draw fouls.

From ESPN:

Hansbrough may not be the sexiest prospect in the draft, but he’s one of the most productive. Hansbrough has been one of the Top 10 players in the country this year, and does just about everything for his team. He’ll never fit the physical profile that NBA scouts are looking for, but his toughness and shooting ability are a big plus. Think of him as a smaller version of his brother, Tyler.

From the Washington Post:

The Hansbroughs are close — Tyler recently said his younger brother is “still my favorite teammate ever” — and being separated by 130 miles has made it easy for them to keep tabs on each other. They’re also extremely competitive.

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  • Mar 25, 201110:29 am
    by Jakob Eich


    I’m usually not a fan of drafting for need instead of skill, but the Pistons really don’t need another guard. They are good big men available, just pick one. It doesn’t have to be a franchise altering big man, just someone like Javale McGee or DeAndre Jordan, a shot-blocking presence on the interior. If Dumars can find a center who fits the description he shouldn’t hesitate. Hell, if we had a player like Darko now I would be happy. How things have changed! haha

    • Mar 25, 201111:45 am
      by Patrick Hayes


      Second round big men are no sure things. In fact, there is no one as advanced as McGee or Jordan were who will go in this year’s second round, I’d bet on it, and those guys were really raw when they were drafted.

      Guys like Benson and Johnson I think would be good picks for Detroit, but I’d be shocked to see either guy make a NBA rotation, even on a bad team, as rookies next year. They both need a lot of gym time to gain weight.

      • Mar 25, 20112:58 pm
        by Mars Medanny


        Speaking of Benson, when are you gonna do a Detroit Draft Dreams on him, interested to see wat u think of him.

    • Mar 25, 20112:45 pm
      by neutes


      Eh, I disagree here. We do need a franchise altering big man, or a franchise altering something. And Darko still sucks.

  • Mar 25, 20113:07 pm
    by Darrell


    Way he plays Matt Howard would be a good pickup late, he’s tough and throws his body around to get boards. 1st round big man plus him we’d be so much better on the glass.

  • Mar 27, 20115:08 pm
    by Kim Jong Skillz


    i would really love to take the hometown boy in benson. hes very coachable, we have arnie who can do wonders for anyone, hes a smart guy (hes almost completed his masters), hes been a shot blocking monster his whole college career, doesnt get intimidated by “big” name players and best of all hes an oakland golden grizzly.
    huge ups to my grizzlies who almost won their game against texas this year.
    go black!

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