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Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: Darius Johnson-Odom

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  • Measurables: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, senior guard from Marquette
  • Key Stats: 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 45 percent shooting, 39 percent 3-point shooting
  • Projected: Second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Why I like this guy

This exchange in an interview with ESPN’s Jason King sold me:

King: If you had a day off and could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

Johnson-Odom: I’d probably go get some shots up in a nice place, probably somewhere like L.A., where I could go walk the beach or something.

King: You’d still go to the gym and shoot on your vacation?

Johnson-Odom: There are no days off. I don’t believe in that.

#LovesTheGame. Draft him.

Pros for the Pistons

Aside from the work ethic mentioned above, Johnson-Odom is one of the fastest guards in the country. Maybe the fastest. He’s an absolute blur on the court. On top of that, he’s a very good 3-point shooter (40 percent for his three-year career at Marquette). He’s also one of the best perimeter defenders in college basketball.

The Pistons need depth in their backcourt, they need players who are athletically gifted and willing defenders and they need players who can make 3-pointers and stretch the floor. Johnson-Odom hits all of those points and he could be available when the Pistons pick with one of their second round picks.

Cons for the Pistons

I’m obviously an advocate for the Pistons seriously upgrading their guard spot. With the exception of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight, I wouldn’t be that heartbroken if every other guard on the roster was new next year. The problem, of course, is that they do have two players under contract in Ben Gordon and Will Bynum. So unless the Pistons can move one or both of those guys, it would be hard for a second rounder like Johnson-Odom to come in and push for minutes right away.

What others are saying

Fran Fraschilla:

First of all, Johnson-Odom’s mental approach, I believe, comes from being an obscure national recruit after one season in junior college and it carries over to how he approaches the game. His mentality of toughness along with his combination of strength and quickness makes him an outstanding defender.


Where Johnson-Odom has made the most progress is as a shooter is off the dribble. His 0.93 points per shot off the dribble represents a solid improvement off the 0.688 number he posted last year, and he looks significantly more comfortable with pull up and step back jumpers, which he didn’t consistently show earlier in his career.

While he’s unlikely to create off the dribble at the next level quite as much as he currently is asked to, having that skill set in his arsenal represents an advantage over many of his contemporaries.


He’s simply been the man for one of most dangerous teams in the country. DJO scored a season low and a team high 17 points in a bold win at Wisconsin, knocking down big-time shots in baller fashion. Johnson-Odom showed off his pretty step back jumper, an attractive asset to have when it comes to evaluating prospects. His ability to score off the dribble and excel as a spot up shooter help offset some of the concerns over his size and lack of position. He’s been a model of consistency, averaging 19.8 points on 57% shooting from the floor and 46% from downtown. With Marquette quietly playing some of the best ball in the country, DJO should see a rise in national press as one of the more gifted seniors in the game.

What is the best thing Darius Johnson-Odom does for his team?

Brewtown Andy (follow him on Twitter) writes for Anonymous Eagle, SB Nation’s Marquette blog:

I see DJO’s speed and his ability to alter it as his best attribute. Sport Science did a feature on him back in December, and it does a great job of showing his full court speed. But he excels in half court speed as well. DJO uses a quick release on his very accurate three point shot to keep a defender honest and that leads to a speed advantage on the dribble as well. He’s shown an aptitude for getting a quick first step on his first defender, then slowing down to cause help defenders to over pursue, and then re-accelerate to the rim once he’s seen where they’re going. Combine all that with an NBA-ready body, DJO presents an interesting draft possibility for many teams.



  • Apr 13, 20121:00 pm
    by domnick


    i like him but he’s too small for 2-guard… 6’2?

  • Apr 13, 20124:01 pm
    by sop


    Top 60 Draft Prospects
    1.     Anthony Davis
    2.     Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    3.     Bradley Beal
    4.     Andre Drummond
    5.     Thomas Robinson
    6.     Harrison Barnes
    7.     Jared Sullinger
    8.     Perry Jones III
    9.     Terrence Jones
    10.  Tyler Zeller
    11.  Jeremy Lamb
    12.  Terrence Ross
    13.  Damian Lillard
    14.  Austin Rivers
    15.  John Henson
    16.  Tony Wroten Jr.
    17.  Kendal Marshall
    18.  Meyers Leonard
    19.  Dion Waiters
    20.  Arnett Moultrie
    21.  Jeffery Taylor
    22.  Tyshaun Taylor
    23.  Marquis Teague
    24.  Royce White
    25.  Doron Lamb
    26.  Fab Melo
    27.  C.J. Leslie
    28.  Andrew Nicholson
    29.  Will Barton
    30.  Draymond Green
    31.  John Jenkins
    32.  Evan Fournier
    33.  Moe Harkless
    34.  Scott Machado
    35.  Kevin Jones
    36.  Jae Crowder
    37.  Darius Johnson-Odom
    38.  Marcus Denmon
    39.  Orlando Johnson
    40.  William Buford
    41.  Jamychal Green
    42.  Tomas Satoransky
    43.  Kris Joseph
    44.  Alex Young
    45.  Festus Ezeli
    46.  Darius Miller
    47.  Tu Holloway
    48.  Ricardo Ratliffe
    49.  Andre Roberson
    50.  Drew Gordon
    51.  Le’Bryan Nash
    52.  Henry Sims
    53.  Yancy Gates
    54.  Jordan Taylor
    55.  Furkan Aldemir
    56.  Joshua Smith
    57.  J’Covan Brown
    58.  Kevin Murphy
    59.  Jared Cunningham
    60.  Khris Middleton

  • Apr 13, 20124:23 pm
    by frankie d


    a nice draft day for detroit:
    jae crowder
    darius johnson-odom,

  • Apr 13, 20128:34 pm
    by d junak


    Will Bynum with a jump shot???

  • Apr 14, 201210:47 am
    by Natron


    Don’t forget about Royce White.  IMO he’s one of the gems of this draft.


  • Apr 14, 20129:52 pm
    by Brian


    Will Bynum is like 5′ 10 and is injury prone! He has heart and that’s the only reason i like him. He can get traded and Ben Gordan is going to get amensty this summer. Ben G has zero defense what so ever, so if we can pick up DJO that’s fine with me.

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