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Pistons land No. 9 pick in 2012 NBA Draft

John Henson

(Greg Nelson/SI)

42 Comments

  • May 30, 20128:26 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    ehhhh…..Short of #1 doesn’t really matter that much where you pick between 2 to 9. It was a long shot, so not surprised.

  • May 30, 20128:27 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    Rigged. So rigged. 

    Hope you all have deodorant, we’re going to be on the non-tanking mediocrity treadmill for a looooong time…

    • May 30, 20128:31 pm
      by tarsier

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      One of the most probable scenarios possible played out. THIS MUST BE FOUL PLAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 30, 20128:29 pm
    by Portuguese Piston

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    Told Ya…

  • May 30, 20128:31 pm
    by D_S_V

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    The important thing is after our 4-20 start we played good ball the rest of the way and really developed the assets on the team.

    • May 30, 20129:06 pm
      by MNM

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      Damien Wilkins and Ben Wallace are not assets on the team. Austin Daye and V-Macklin (even though we don’t care for them..especially Daye) could have played more than they did. If the team still won many of those games with them in the rotation, then it would be easier for many to take..but they didn’t. This is what to expect when they play a couple of young assets (Monroe and Knight and MAYBE Jerebko) with a bunch of middling vets (basically everyone else).

  • May 30, 20128:34 pm
    by Eric

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    Brandon Wright/ Anthony Randolphh 2.0

  • May 30, 20128:37 pm
    by Portuguese Piston

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    At least, if the Bobcats had won the Lottery, that would give us the possibility to talk Charlotte in to Trade our Draft Pick for Bismack Biyombo. Because they having two very similar players (only in the Game Style) on the Roster would be unfair to the evolution of Biyombo. Therefore, the #1 pick for the Hornets is a bad deal for Detroit… Maybe Chris Kaman comes to Detroit… Hope not…

  • May 30, 20128:43 pm
    by Pete

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    Trade down…please Joe D and go after Moultrie and  either Harkless or Melo

  • May 30, 20128:43 pm
    by brad

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    who cares, the nba is horrible to watch until the conf finals

    • May 30, 20128:57 pm
      by Portuguese Piston

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      Then, what are you doing here? Lost your way to the Haters Anonymous?

  • May 30, 20128:52 pm
    by Reaction

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    Trade tayshaun for another 1st round pick(so we can get a new big n sf) if he is worth anything

    • May 30, 20128:55 pm
      by Jman

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      Prince has trade value?

      • May 30, 20129:34 pm
        by Reaction

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        He did 2 years ago..

        • May 31, 201212:04 am
          by Chris H

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          It’s kind of sad/funny that we didn’t trade Prince because Joe thought he could get more than a late first round draft pick, and now we’d love to get a late first round draft pick for him.

  • May 30, 20128:55 pm
    by Gurman

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    Last 10 #9 picks: Kemba, Hayward, DeRozan, Augustin, Noah, O’Bryant, Diogu, Iguodala, Sweetney, Amare

  • May 30, 20128:56 pm
    by Josh

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    Rigged Rigged Rigged Rigged. It just had to be NO hadn’t it?  On a side note, I’d take Zeller over Henson at 9th. He pretty much does what we want out of Henson, which is shot-blocking and rebound-grabbing, but does it with an NBA ready body.

  • May 30, 20129:09 pm
    by Daye and Knight

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    I almost died laughing after coming on here and seeing a big ass picture of Henson…made me feel a little bit better that we’re stuck with being mediocre and the NBA is rigged.

    Of course the HORNETS won, the league owned them all year…had to sweeten them up a bit a guarantee the #1 pick for someone to take them

  • May 30, 20129:09 pm
    by sop

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    NOT HENSON! BOO HENSON!!!

  • May 30, 20129:16 pm
    by Mark

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    Who is this little boy pictured here, and how did his mommy allow him onto an NCAA court without getting caught?

    Kid looks like he’s 11 yrs old. We need men in the frontcourt, these little boys like Henson, Daye, CV, etc aren’t intimidated anyone from going in the paint.

    Time to get back to Bad Boy basketball with some bruisers and bangers down low like Sullinger, not these wimpy twigs.

    • May 30, 201210:18 pm
      by MNM

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      “Bad Boy basketball” hasn’t existed in 20 plus years.. The league started to move away from that physical brand of basketball, basically, just after the turn of the decade.  And as for Sullinger, the last thing this team needs when they are lacking in front court depth, is a 6-8 or 6-9 small forward to play along side an un-athletic power forward in Greg Monroe. They desperately need a big man who can play along side Greg above the rim defensively and offensively. Henson COULD fill out..basically everyone but Austin Daye are capable of doing that.. His offensive game can improve and defensively he would do more for this team than Sullinger ever could.

      • May 30, 201211:00 pm
        by Nick

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        Accually Montroe is more athletic then you give him credit for. Hes also a natural Center. Also defensive detroit was 14th in points allowed an 27th in points scored so its obvious which is a bigger consern. Monroe also played in less games an had less minutes played in this shortened season but managed to have scored more total points an grab more total rebounds then all of last year. Sullenger would be the smartest pick if hes available because of his ability to score an gaurd the 3 an 4. Henson isnt Dwight Howard, hes not gonna bulk up in two seasons.

        • May 31, 201212:02 am
          by tarsier

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          Actually, their defense was pretty bad. They just play a slow pace. So if you use simple, not very meaningful stats like points score or points allowed per game, it underrates the O and overrates the D.

  • May 30, 20129:18 pm
    by Tiko

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    give me Moultrie all day over Henson

  • May 30, 20129:20 pm
    by jprime18

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    I’m perfectly happy with Henson. Athletic, smart, runs the floor well, and blocks shots. Just need to bulk him up a bit.

    • May 30, 20129:29 pm
      by Mark

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      Thats a big JUST…and a track star can be athletic, smart, and run the floor. If the only thing basketball-related that he does well is block shots, no thanks even if he does manage to bulk up. Watching Ibaka fail for the 2nd straight year in the playoffs should show ppl there’s more to basketball than just athleticism and shot-blocking.

  • May 30, 20129:23 pm
    by Vince

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    Go figure the team owned by Stern gets the number 1 pick. Looking fairly sus at this point. Pistons wise, go for Henson… Or Zeller. I don’t really mind. Actually go for Kidd-Guilcrist and sign Jason Thompson in FA, Guess we could draft a big and a guard in the second round… Or I like the idea of trading Prince for the Melo pick… Ugh. So many choices…

    • May 30, 20129:37 pm
      by Reaction

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      Players that will be already drafted by the time Pistons draft: Davis, Drummond, MKG, Barnes, Beal, Robinson

    • May 31, 201212:07 am
      by tarsier

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      Stern has never been an owner. The NBA used to own the Hornets, but they no longer do anyway. But more importantly, Stern is not the freaking NBA. This is why you do not hear high school players saying that they hope to one day play in the David Stern.

      • May 31, 20122:39 am
        by Vince

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        Oh well my bad… ‘Grats for the Hornets though, they’ve got a good season up ahead with some solid young players… I’m just dissapointed Detroit can’t seem to duplicate that same mould…

  • May 30, 20129:32 pm
    by sop

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    what would it take to get Sacto(5) to switch picks with us?

    • May 30, 20129:57 pm
      by Mark

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      Probably Knight or Monroe

      • May 30, 201210:47 pm
        by Shane

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        Or Stuckey but we all know that won’t happen.. do they need a small forward? They already have Cousins as center and Evans n someone else as guards

  • May 30, 20129:37 pm
    by domnick

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    tyler zeller please

  • May 30, 20129:51 pm
    by Mark

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    John Henson with his 7 ft 4 inch wingspan is the pick here.  Will be shot blocking presence that we clearly lack and worst case could do similar things that Taj Gibson does in Chicago.  Has upside despite coming out after his junior yr.  Offense improved over the course of last year.  Looks like he could develop a decent 15 ft jumper.  Please no Tyler Zeller.

  • May 30, 201210:42 pm
    by Kobina

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    If we have a chance to draft Perry Jones and pass on it…  I’m going home.

  • May 31, 201212:33 am
    by Josh

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    so umm whens the draft combine?

  • May 31, 20127:34 am
    by Gregoire

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    HAHA…NBA Mock Draft has the Pistons taking Perry Jones with the 9th while Andre Drummond is still available…do you think there is a way he could slip this far with obviously the Bobcats, Cavaliers and Trail Blazers in need of a Center?

    • May 31, 201211:43 pm
      by tarsier

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      It is a terrible mock.

  • May 31, 20129:17 am
    by Corey

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    Oh god please not Henson. Zeller, Moultrie, or Leonard, please. Drafting Henson to play power forward is foolish. If we want to watch a 6-10, 220 LB guy get pushed around all day long, we can put Tayshaun in at power forward. Oh, wait, we’ve tried that and it didn’t work? Oh yeah…

    If we draft Henson, I can’t wait for the moment we put the all-anorexia lineup on the floor. Daye- 6-11, 205
    Prince- 6-9, 210
    Henson- 6-10, 210

    Great Length! Huge Upside! and all 3 of them together couldn’t box out my grandmother.

    • May 31, 201212:08 pm
      by Marvin Jones

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      So what do you have against Leonard, he’s 7’1, 245 lbs, athletic, likes to bang in the post, will block shots, can run the floor, rebound, what’s not to like? 

  • May 31, 20129:56 am
    by rick

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    Cmon man the kid is a shot blocker, who grew throughout high school from a guard to a power forward kinda like Davis. So he has ball handling skills and high basketball i.q. I like the under dog and feel like the more people keep counting this guy out that he will eventually prove people wrong. Really how big was KG when he came into the NBA? or Camby? Chandler? Noah? Amir Johnson?hell  Anthony Davis for that matter?  So is it a stretch to believe that he will grow? Plus stop using Austin Daye as the outlier because it does no justice and their are plenty of skinny wirery guys contributing on NBA TEAMS. Oden got drafted and has no knees so it doesnt in my opinion matter how skinny you are as long as you put in the work necessary. Daye hasnt doen that yet and has admitted such.

    Personally I dont know exactly whats going to happen but you can “book it” that Detroit will fleece someone come draft day. Too many of the same teams in the same spots drafting similar players to what they already have so I can easily see Detroit either moving up or getting a player after swapping first rounders with someone. Right now is posturing by all teams. They say one thing but clearly mean another.I think in all honesty that Detroit would probably take PJIII if it were between Henson, Moutrie, and Zeller simply based off upside and possible star potential. Joe D does not screw this one up because all the players each possess a particular skill set that would go great with the nucleus we already have in place. Stop worrying I was pissed at first after the rigged lottery but got the feeling in the end we will be alright based off the look of confidence in Knights face.

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