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Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: Enes Kanter

It’s strange that a college player who never actually played a game for his college team is considered one of the can’t-miss prospects in this draft, but such is the plight of Enes Kanter. Ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA after he received impermissible benefits after playing for a professional team in Turkey, Kanter was solely a practice player for Kentucky this season.

Info

Measurables: 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, freshman C from Kentucky

Key stats: N/A

Projected: Top 10

How would he help the Pistons?

Kanter’s biggest attribute is that he’s, well, big. At 6-10/250, he has great size already for a young big and is ahead of older players in the draft who need to do some filling out if they’re going to handle the punishment of playing in the paint in the NBA.

He also has a fairly advanced post game for a young player. He’s good at establishing position, comfortable playing with his back to the basket and he also possesses a bit of a mean streak, something the Pistons sorely lacked last season. It doesn’t stop with his physical game though. As you can see by his Nike Hoops Summit highlights, Kanter can hit the 15-footer and has enough finesse to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket as well.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

The major question with Kanter is simply experience. Outside of a few highlights and very brief minutes with a team in Turkey over a year ago, no one has seen much of Kanter. Practicing all season with Kentucky certainly helped, but he might need some extra time to adjust to the NBA game because he hasn’t consistently played high-level organized basketball for a while.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

On top of his excellent skill level, Kanter impressed with his intangibles as well. He’s the type of quiet, competitive player that simply goes about his business without getting frustrated at officials or letting a few bad possessions throw off his game. The fact that he didn’t start the Hoop Summit game didn’t seem to faze him, as he could be seen enthusiastically supporting his team from the bench.

From ESPN:

The NCAA denied Kanter’s bid to play for Kentucky this season, placing him in limbo all year. He’s been hanging around Kentucky, working as a student-assistant coach, but the loss of playing time hurts. He’ll spend the spring working with Michael Jordan’s former trainer, Tim Grover, in Chicago in preparation for the draft. Most GMs still have him as a top-five or top-six pick. Great workouts could lift him even higher.

From Yahoo!:

“Where he ultimately lands depends on what underclassmen come out,” one NBA scout told Yahoo! Sports. “But he’s definitely top seven at worst. He’s just so skilled offensively. He has a decent midrange game and can definitely finish in the paint. He has good footwork, runs the floor well and is very agile for his size.

“From what the international scouts say, he’s the top big man coming out. He’s like a taller Al Horford. He can pick and pop, and score inside. He can pretty much fit into any system for any team that needs a center doesn’t matter if they’re a half-court or running team.”

Previously

Catching up with retired players, including a few former Pistons

If you’re interested in a fun way to waste a few minutes, check out this post by Mark Deeks of the great Sham Sports (seriously, if you’re interested in accurate salary cap figures, Sham should be your go-to site if it isn’t already). Continuing his tradition, he tracks down a lot of names you may have forgotten who have recently stopped playing basketball professionally and updates what they’re doing now. Here are a few Pistons who made his list:

Stacey Augmon – Augmon is an assistant coach for the Nuggets.

Elden Campbell – Campbell is having an incredibly low-key retirement. Got nothing. Not even a home town.

Kelvin Cato New Kelvin Cato information is scarce. According to his Twitter bio, he “just chills.” So here’s some old Kelvin Cato information. In 1999, Kelvin Cato created a children’s book.

Mateen Cleaves – Cleaves works two jobs – he does analysis for Detroit Pistons games, and owns a record label to which Jon Connor is signed.

Michael Curry – Curry is associate head coach (i.e. lead assistant) for the Sixers.

Dale DavisDale Davis carefully selects business ventures that create optimistic revenue streams and make worthwhile contribution to society by creating employment with positive social reinforcement.

Tremaine Fowlkes – I don’t understand what all this is, but it appears Tremaine Fowlkes’s real estate company won a big judgement, but then lost it on appeal.

Darvin Ham – Ham is the head coach at the D-League’s New Mexico Thunderbirds. His assistant coach is Sean Rooks.

Allan Houston – Technically, Allan Houston is the assistant general manager with the New York Knicks. However, given the lack of clarity that now exists with the Knicks’s front office situation – whereby GM Donnie Walsh seems to have less authority in the decision making process than the head coach of a struggling Sun Belt Conference team – it is unclear from the outside quite what Houston’s role entails.

Lindsey Hunter – Hunter is a a player development assistant for the Chicago Bulls, a role he held in an unofficial capacity towards the tail end of his playing days.

Horace Jenkins – Jenkins – who spent three years as a postman before going to college, becoming one of the nine players in Division 3 history to play in the NBA, a former NCAA Slam Dunk champion, and one time Piston – last played in 2008 and cannot be traced since that time.

Christian Laettner – A few years ago, Laettner was rich enough to almost buy the Memphis Grizzlies. This is no longer the case, however; his real estate business, ran with former team mate Brian Davis, has fallen on hard times, recently defaulting on a $3 million loan to Shawne Merriman. Laettner is now trying to make it as a coach. To that end, Laettner has started his own basketball academy, the website to which carries this message:

I offer discounts to all players, teams and coaches who hail from the states of Kentucky, North Carolina and Connecticut. This comes from the compassion and generosity of my heart and soul for causing you all so much pain, agony and hate over my four year career at Duke!!

Obvious troll is obvious.

Aaron McKie – McKie is an assistant coach with the Sixers.

Olden Polynice – Polynice runs his own personal training service, Next Star Basketball. How does his price list stack up to that of the aforementioned Pat Burke? See for yourself.

Zeljko Rebraca – Rebraca is now a businessman, having recently opened a fitness centre in his home town of Sombor, within a shopping centre that he had previously invested in. Rebraca’s total investment is said to be worth $8 million.

Don Reid – Reid has teamed up with former Pistons employee Mike Ford to open Increase Sports, a youth development program. He also still works for the Pistons as an ambassador.

Bob Sura – Last time we checked in on Bob Sura, he owned a Saturn car dealership. Given that Saturn have since gone under, it is unlikely that this is still true. He cannot be traced since the last update.

Corliss Williamson – Corliss Williamson’s ascent up the coaching ladder continues; he is now the head coach at Division 1 Central Arkansas. Unfortunately, the Bears went 5-24 in Corliss’s debut season, the only wins coming against Hendrix College, Champion Baptist College (who they beat by 71 points), Lyon College, Southeast Louisiana and Chicago State. Rough start.

There are dozens more names on the list who will surely make you say, “Hey, I vaguely remember that guy!” Also, you will find out the strange sport Antonio Davis is now coaching.

Let the coaching speculation begin

The Houston Rockets added an intriguing name to the wish list of every NBA team with an embattled coach when it was announced yesterday that Rick Adelman would not return.

Adelman took the Portland Trail Blazers to the Finals twice, he coached those fun Sacramento teams in the early 2000s and he did well with the Rockets despite losing star players Tracy McGrady and/or Yao Ming to injury frequently. Adelman has one of the best wining percentages in NBA history and has had at least moderate success in three of his four coaching stops (And as for that fourth one, you can’t really blame the guy for not winning in Golden State. No one wins there.).

The Pistons don’t have a coaching vacancy yet, but Sean at Life on Dumars (and a few PistonPowered commenters) already have Adelman on the wish list:

Once the fate of John Kuester is finally decided, I will take a more in-depth look at available coaching candidates, but for now I just wanted to put Adelman’s name out there. If Tom Gores wanted to bring a tried-and-true coach, and make a big splash as a new owner, Adelman would be one way to do it.

There are sure to be other coaching names who Pistons fans will tout if Kuester is fired. The always vocal, ‘hire Bill Laimbeer’ sect will ratchet up the intensity as it does every time the Pistons job is open. Those who like to think big and impractically will wonder if Joe Dumars can coax Jerry Sloan out of his semi-retirement. And the terrifying Jeff Van Gundy is still out there assaulting ear drums for ESPN.

But Adelman is a more natural choice for one reason: Greg Monroe. In Sacramento, Adelman coached arguably the two best passing big men of the last 20 years (with apologies to Arvydas Sabonis) in Chris Webber and Vlade Divac. Monroe possesses a rare ability to see the entire court from the high post and there’s little doubt he could thrive in a creative offense that takes advantage of that skill.

The Pistons reportedly have not decided Kuester’s fate yet, and who knows if Adelman even wants to coach here or anywhere next season, but there’s no doubt a coach with Adelman’s track record should be able to command more respect in the locker room than Kuester, Michael Curry or even Flip Saunders did in their years as head coach.

Pistons in the playoffs … kind of

Last season with no playoffs for the Pistons, I instead looked at some former Pistons helping playoff teams. Many Pistons fans adopt the San Antonio Spurs this time of year, hoping to see Antonio McDyess finally get a championship. Last season, I also liked the Milwaukee Bucks both because they had a couple of former Pistons and because their tough, scrappy style of play mirrored the early 2000s pre-championship Pistons a bit.

This year? Other than McDyess, I don’t know if there is a Pistons connection strong enough to attract a rooting interest, but here’s the breakdown of this year’s teams. There’s not a guy on the list likely to make a huge impact on a playoff series, but hey, the playoffs are all about unexpected contributions, right? Stranger things have happened.

Indiana Pacers

They don’t have anyone, but Malice at the Palace era Pacer Jeff Foster is still hanging around on the roster.

Philadelphia 76ers

If you enjoy rooting for former Pistons coaches, I would wager you remember Philly head coach Doug Collins a bit more fondly than assistant coach Michael Curry.

Miami Heat

John Kuester held onto his job for two seasons, winning 30 games or less each year. Heat assistant Ron Rothstein only got one season at the helm in Detroit, won 40 games and just barely missed the playoffs and was fired for it.

New York Knicks

I’ll always root for Chauncey Billups, but I find it very sad watching him in that abomination of a Knicks offense. This is basically what i consists of: Iso for ‘Melo, iso for Amar’e, Billups jacks up a quick three. I hope Billups ends up on a more structured, half-court team next season. He’s also injured and will miss at least game two of the Knicks series with Boston.

Boston Celtics

Remember when the Pistons acquired defensively challenged Carlos Arroyo to play backup minutes on their defensive-minded team? Another defense-first team is giving it a whirl. Arroyo isn’t playing big minuts for Boston, but he is their insurance behind Rajon Rondo and Delonte West.

Orlando Magic

Former Chuck Daly assistant and NBA lifer Brendan Malone is still coaching as an assistant to Stan Van Gundy in Orlando.

Dallas Mavericks

Former Pistons coach Rick Carlisle has molded the Mavs (with the help of Tyson Chandler) into one of the better defensive teams in the league and former Piston Brian Cardinal is still playing in a reserve role in Dallas. Cardinal barely played in Detroit after the Pistons took him in the second round, but he’s carved out a nice NBA career for himself since.

San Antonio Spurs

Watch the Spurs and root for McDyess. Or watch them and weep because of the memory of Detroit taking the wrong ‘DaJuan’ in the second round in 2009. The Spurs ended up with Blair, who has developed into a solid rotation player and rebounder. The Pistons’ Summers couldn’t crack the rotation of a bad team in two years.

Los Angeles Lakers

Theo Ratliff lives! He played :54 seconds against New Orleans, increasing his total minutes played over the last five months to just under five total minutes. But with as poorly as the Lakers bigs played in game one, perhaps the Rattler can still bring some of his trademark energy.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder are paying the final few months left on the not so great contract Joe Dumars handed out to Nazr Mohammed a few years ago. Mohammed won’t help them much in the fast-paced Denver series, but if OKC ends up playing the Lakers again this year, he’ll be a big addition defensively against that LA frontcourt.

Denver Nuggets

Arron Afflalo missed game one of Denver’s series against the Thunder, but I think it’s pretty safe to assume Pistons fans have noticed that he’s become a pretty good player for the Nuggets. Denver also has a couple of assistants with Pistons ties, NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley and teal-era Piston Stacey Augmon.

Tom Gores’ previous experience managing sports teams (his children’s)

Peter Lattman of DealB%K spent a day with Tom Gores two years ago, and in the context of Gores’ purchase of the Pistons, Lattman wrote about Gores’ passion for his children’s sports teams. Lattman has a few interesting details, but this story stood out to me:

Kenneth D. Moelis, chief executive of the investment bank Moelis & Company, has helped coach the basketball squad that his and Mr. Gores’s teenage daughters joined. Throughout the season, Mr. Gores would send Mr. Moelis e-mails with lengthy critiques of the team’s progress. In the spring of 2008, just hours after the team lost by a point in the championship game, Mr. Gores was pensive.

“We will strive to be better next year,” Mr. Gores wrote in one e-mail. “What else is there? Tough for you and I to swallow but the journey was good and in the big picture everybody won. Don’t worry I am still in pain. Tomorrow is a new day.”

Just as it is for the Detroit Pistons.

Would the Pistons draft Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams with No. 1 pick in draft?

Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, for quite some time, has been tabbed as the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Apparently, some teams, including the Pistons, are leaning toward Arizona forward Derrick Williams or North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes. ESPN’s Chad Ford:

Sources say Wolves, Cavs, Raptors, Jazz and Kings would all take Kyrie Irving 1. Wizards, Pistons & Bucks – Barnes or Derrick Williams

The day after that tweet, Ford wrote an article that said of the Pistons:

The Pistons really have needs just about everywhere. Last year’s lottery pick, Greg Monroe, has played well and Rodney Stuckey really turned it on the last month of the season averaging 19.8 ppg and 8.4 apg. The team has been high on Irving all year and he could still be the pick if they win the lottery. But Williams would also be an intriguing choice here to pair with Monroe. If they stay at No. 7 we currently have them taking Bismack Biyombo, a Ben Wallace clone from the Congo.

So, I guess that means the Pistons would favor Williams, not Barnes.

But for what it’s worth, if you play Ford’s NBA lottery mock draft until the Pistons lands the No. 1 pick, he has them taking Irving. Although, Ford may have built the Pistons’ draft board before his most recent reporting and not updated it since.

There are no clear answers, and keep in mind we’re talking about who the Pistons would take now. There’s a long time between now and the draft for the Pistons to evaluate players.

Just don’t assume Kyrie Irving would automatically be the Pistons’ choice if they land the No. 1 pick.

UPDATE: Harrison Barnes is reportedly headed back to UNC.

Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: Kyle Singler

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Kyle Singler’s college career flew by. Dukies have a habit of seeming like they’re in college for about nine years (Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, for example), but Singler’s four-year career went by really quick. He was obviously a very good college basketball player. Will that game translate to the NBA, though?

Info

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, senior F from Duke

Key stats: 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from three

Projected: Second round

How would he help the Pistons?

I’m not convinced that he would. But I’m also a proponent of teams taking the best available player regardless of position in the second round. Second round picks are usually longshots to make a roster. A large percentage of guys never amount to much in the NBA. So even if the Pistons are fairly solid at the forward spot, a player like Singler may very well be the guy who has the best shot to make a roster when the Pistons pick.

These are the things he has going for him: he’s a decent 3-point shooter, he rebounds well for a guy who operates on the perimeter a lot, he’s a good passer for his size and he’s won a lot of games while being asked to play different roles during his Duke career. If the Pistons lose Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady to free agency and with the assumption that Jonas Jerebko is going to be counted on to play at least some of his minutes at the four, the Pistons actually could be in a position to add depth. Singler, as a guy who can shoot but is also big and strong enough to give some minutes at the four, might not be a bad pickup if he’s available and all of the promising bigs in the draft are off the board.

He’d also be the best trick shot artist on the team since Rasheed Wallace:

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Singler won’t score inside. He can hit a midrange jumper, but a high percentage of his points in college come from 15 feet and out. He also didn’t shoot the ball well his senior season after being near 40 percent from three during his first three seasons. The Pistons also have a forward on the roster who is a bit too perimeter happy in Charlie Villanueva.

As much criticism as Villanueva has taken from fans, there’s a big difference between him and Singler: Villanueva is much more athletic. While Villanueva can surely slide over to the three and at least be OK athletically at the position, Singler still has to prove he can do that at the NBA level.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

The fact that Singler has been a role-player essentially throughout his college career, doing so on a competitive and winning team throughout, will play in his favor, though. He is not the type of player who will need to make a huge transition in his style of play to make an impact. Furthermore, he’s ready to contribute immediately, as he’s a mature player both physically and mentally, who has been coached by one of the most respected men in basketball over the past four years. These things, along with his strong intangibles, could all look very attractive to a good team drafting in the second half of the first round looking for a solid piece to add to their rotation.

From ESPN:

NBA execs look for similarities for help in projections, so anything Singler can do to separate himself from (Gordon) Hayward would be great, and that starts with his perimeter shot. Hayward was good his first season and bad as a sophomore, and Singler is working on an “average, good, good, average” run over his four years. Of course, this season could end up as an excellent one from deep, starting with his 5-for-9 performance against Oregon. Combine a sharpshooter with the fighter/hustler Singler has proved to be in the past against a team like Michigan State? That’s a guy every team will covet.

NBADraft.net:

Singler needs little room to get off a shot with his high release point in a 6’9 body … When he’s not spotting up, he shows offensive versatility in that he can hit a number of different types of shots in different ways … Reliable mid-range game with ability to shoot off dribble, although prefers to catch and shoot… High basketball IQ, high awareness of what’s going on around him which helps him defensively off the ball, as well as with the ball in his hands in regards to finding teammates cutting to the hoop… Sees court well for 6’9 forward … Fiery and competitive kid who just has a great overall feel for the game.

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Would you be surprised if Tayshaun Prince returned to the Pistons?

Three plays against Charlotte showed off basketball IQ of Greg Monroe, Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince

First of all, I hope you all remember the Charlotte game on Sunday. I was really impressed with how the Pistons played in that one. They hustled, they had off the ball movement and they won. Those are all traits they hadn’t shown in previous games. Well, sometimes they won, but quite honestly the Pistons didn’t really play meaningful games against good teams, they mainly played well in  meaningless games against bad teams.

The team has ended the season on a rather high note so I wanted to do a post on the Charlotte game, because it was one of my favorite efforts of the year. You can’t always expect your favorite team to play great or to never have a bad season, but this season was particularly bad. Covering a team on an Xs and Os basis can be harsh with a coach like John Kuester. He runs a lot of similar plays and I can see why the team has struggled so much to get consistent offense. The half-court sets were just very bad at times. I don’t completely blame Kuester for that, the players often stopped executing the plays, didn’t run hard or just didn’t run at all. Something that will kill 100 percent of the teams in the NBA is to have an insufficient amount of movement. You just don’t create enough holes in the defense that can be exploited. The first play will be a beautiful inbounds play by Detroit, the second an alley-oop dunk by Chris Wilcox and the third one another nice pass by Greg Monroe.

The Sneaky Backdoor Play

The play starts out with a lot of players near the free throw line, Rip Hamilton at the top of the key, Tayshaun Prince at the free throw line and Monroe and Wilcox standing at the left elbow. The defender suspects Hamilton will come off a double-screen by Wilcox and Monroe and cheats a little bit to this side of the court. This is how the Pistons normally run the play, so you can’t really blame the defender. I especially love the play because it is such great acting on Tayshaun’s part. Look at him all hunched over looking as if he has no role at all. Rip quickly blows past Tay and the defender gets kind of confused by this. Throughout the play, Tay doesn’t stop to stand around like in the picture. He never gets into a screening position and Rip gets an easy lay-up and two points. This play is a good example how you can use scouting knowledge to your advantage. As soon as you realize the opponent knows exactly what you are trying to do, just switch it up a little bit. I don’t know if Kuester designed the play or if it was an impromptu play, either way it led to great success.

Inbound

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Ooping it up

Rip was hot in this game so Charlotte had to figure out a way how to stop him. Naturally, they tried to double team him and in this case it worked out pretty badly. Rodney Stuckey passes the ball to Rip, who receives it about 14 feet away from the basket, his bread and butter distance to pull up for a jumper or to drive to the basket. Wilcox is standing at the right elbow covered by Kwame Brown.

Alley

Kwame Brown is a familiar face to Pistons fans and he is one of the biggest draft busts of all time. I don’t blame him for being the player he is, I blame the Wizards for picking him first overall, he just doesn’t have the talent. Some busts showed the talent to be a high draft-pick, but never put it together, Brown just seems to have a low basketball IQ and very little desire to be a superstar. He’s been playing rather well of late, I guess it’s just a typical late season surge by an average player that makes people wonder if he’ll finally get it together (see also: Rodney Stuckey). The low basketball IQ is showing in this play. Brown comes over for the double-team, but he does so way too early. Hamilton has not even put down the ball to dribble. Usually you start double-teaming a player when he starts to make a move, not when he catches the ball. Wilcox follows a simple rule in this case. Phil Jackson has two rules of thumb, firstly, as soon as you have a clear path to the basket, you cut hard, secondly, as soon as you can see your defender’s head turn, you cut hard. Look at the picture, both rules apply and Wilcox cuts hard.

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Rip sees the open space and lobs the ball, Wilcox catches it midair and converts a wide open alley-oop.

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Look at Mister Fancy Pants

Let me start this off by saying that it’s been a real pleasure to watch Monroe grow this season. Personally, it’s been my first season of breaking down plays and watching games real closely on a regular basis. While most players on the team didn’t improve at all or regressed, Monroe has shown steady improvement all throughout the year. I chose this play, because this is the reason why I root for him and why I actually started rooting for him, his passing ability.

Tay gets a baseline-screen from Hamilton on the left elbow and opts to go the other way. Players do that from time to time whenever the defender is gambling too much. The smart veteran Prince is he takes advantage of Dante Cunningham here. Boris Diaw comes over to help, leaving his man, Monroe, all by himself. Wilcox is almost out of the picture running out of bounds all the way on the left side. I don’t know what he wanted there, but who cares, he scored.

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Tay dumps the ball to Monroe who quickly realizes he has two defenders on him which leaves a teammate open, in this case Wilcox. Monroe is aware of it and as soon as he develops a refined enough offensive skill set and forces teams to double-team him,  I believe he will be deadly in every regard. The comparisons with Tim Duncan aren’t that far-fetched. He has such a great sense of finding the open man. In this case he catches the ball, spins around 360 degrees in the air in order to dump the ball to Wilcox, who has got back inbounds.

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It might be typical of this dismal season that the three best plays I found are all not really great play calls, but they do show a high IQ by certain players on the team. To me this shows that we have potential on the team because there are smart players like Rip, Tay and Monroe, who can execute plays perfectly and have a deeper understanding of the game. Without these three the season would have been even worse to watch.

This was the last breakdown of the season as we missed the playoffs and there will be no games played until hopefully November. If there’s a lockout it might take longer. It is a great honor to contribute to this great blog from time to time and to work with great guys like Dan and Patrick. I hope you enjoyed reading my breakdowns as much as I enjoyed writing them. I’m already looking forward to writing more analyses next season and stay tuned for further coverage of the team on PistonPowered!

Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: Demetri McCamey

Alright, I’ve been looking at enough lottery prospects over the last week. Gotta catch up on some second round guys. I think the consensus is the Pistons need help in the frontcourt, but if a good point guard were available, fans would be happy with that pick as well, as long as all of the intriguing second round bigs were off the board. Demetri McCamey is one of the more interesting prospects who could go early in the second round.

Info

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, senior PG from Illinois

Key stats: 14.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from three

Projected: Second round

How would he help the Pistons?

There are three things to really like about McCamey: he’s big for a PG at 6-3, he’s made himself into a great perimeter shooter (hitting 45 percent of his threes this season) and he takes good care of the ball.

The jumpshot is particularly impressive, considering this is what ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote about him last year:

He’s not a great athlete, nor does he have a consistent jump shot yet.

To go from that description to shooting 45 percent from three in a year shows that McCamey put a tremendous amount of work in. The second round features a lot of players with fairly equal numbers of flaws and limited upside. The key is picking players who have a good chance to work their way into being good role players. Depending on what happens with Rodney Stuckey as a restricted free agent, McCamey might prove to be good insurance should the Pistons be down a point guard heading into next season.

He’s also able to play both guard spots, so if Stuckey returns, McCamey wouldn’t necessarily be buried on the bench.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

McCamey isn’t going to be a player who can attack the basket from the PG spot the way Stuckey or even Will Bynum can. Although his numbers from the season were solid, the Illinois offense struggled at times because of McCamey’s inability to get in the lane and create shots consistently. McCamey also didn’t have the best defensive technique. He’s strong enough to be decent at that end of the floor, but he’ll need to work on using his body to his advantage because he’ll get torched by some of the league’s quicker guards.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

Outside the 3-point arc, McCamey demonstrated that he’s a top notch shooter at the point guard position, connecting on an excellent 45% of his 3-pointers this season. He’s comfortable shooting off the dribble or off the catch, and he has range well past the NBA 3-point line. This bodes well for him going forward, and should help to open up the floor for dribble penetration for himself and his teammates, especially if he needs to spend time playing off the ball, which is certainly a possibility at his size.

From ESPN:

McCamey was another player who, after three years at Illinois, looked like a known quantity. He was a big, physical guard with deep range on his jump shot. Illinois never really asked him to run the show until this season. Now, he’s making the most of it.

Hail to the Orange:

Throughout the years, I’ve seen him add many moves to his arsenal, and he’s been a better player as a result. One thing that was really working last year, but not so much this year, is the pull-up and shoot three, on a fast-break. It only makes sense for him to develop this shot as his momentum is so strong on fast-breaks that with defenders back-away so quickly, him pulling up and shooting gives him a wide open look. He hit it pretty regularly last year, but I haven’t seen it go down as often this season. Another move that came up huge in big games last season is the end-of shotclock isolation play: 2 cross-overs, step back, and nail the fade-away three. That almost single-handedly beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center last year and began talks of the NBA draft.

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