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3-on-3: With the ninth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select …

Modeled after ESPN’s 5-on-5, Patrick and I will answer three questions about a Pistons-related topic. In the days leading up to the draft, we’re going to discuss what the Pistons could/should/might/should not do with each of their three picks.

For each 3-on-3, we’ll be joined by a guest contributor. Today as we discuss the 9th pick, that’s Sean Corp from Detroit Bad Boys. Follow him on Twitter.

Please add your responses in the comments.

1. Which player do you think the Pistons are most likely to select at pick nine?

Dan Feldman: John Henson. Henson will likely be on the board, he had a good workout in Detroit, and he immediately upgrades the Pistons’ defense. Even if he’s limited until he adds weight, Henson is too athletic, too hard working and too savvy to ride the bench next season.

Patrick Hayes: I’ve become more amenable to Meyers Leonard with the multiple reports about his strong workouts, size, athleticism and good attitude, but I still think the logical pick is John Henson. Henson has been on the radar too long, and his best skills — shot blocking and defense — are exactly what the Pistons need the most. Henson is far from a fix-all player, but I’m convinced he’d be a solid contributor.

Sean Corp: John Henson. He fits the profile of what the Pistons are looking for — shot blocker, plus defender, can handle the pick and roll. But I’m extremely concerned that Henson is only nine pounds heavier than Tayshaun Prince. I used to be an avid Henson backer but I’m on the fence more and more. Slight frame. Already 21. Shot 51 percent on free throws and only 35 percent on jumpers. His D will really need to shine to make up for those offensive shortcomings

2. Which realistic target at pick nine would make the best pick?

Dan Feldman: Andre Drummond. Drummond is a clear tier above the John Henson/Meyers Leonard/Terrence Jones/Tyler Zeller/Arnett Moultrie group, and Drummond could fill the Pistons’ biggest need. I don’t think he’ll fall to No. 9, but it’s possible – and tantalizing.

Patrick Hayes: Perry Jones III. Exactly one player likely to available at nine has superstar upside — Jones. He’s 6-foot-11, runs the floor like a guard, is one of the best finishers in the draft and he’s young enough to develop an offensive game that consists of more than just jumping really high and dunking on people when he feels like it.

Sean Corp: I’ve started to come around on Meyers Leonard. I am inherently skeptical of any player that rockets up draft boards based on either 1. the NCAA tourney or 2. the combine. With that said, Leonard seems like the real deal to me. He isn’t an awkward, bumbling 7-footer, he has athletic ability to go with his heft (250 pounds). Just looking at his age, his production last year and his measurables and you have to be intrigued. The question becomes which is more likely — Henson adds muscle or Leonard polishes his game. My money is on Leonard.

3. Which realistic target at pick nine would make the worst pick?

Dan Feldman: Austin Rivers. Before the Pitons traded Ben Gordon, I wouldn’t have bothered including a guard among the realistic targets, but I guess it’s possible they take one now. I think that would be a mistake – because I think the best player available at No. 9 will be a big – especially if that guard is Rivers. He doesn’t do anything besides score, and I’m not sure he can score efficiently enough.

Patrick Hayes: Perry Jones III. He does all of the athletic things and has all of the measurables that tantalize scouts and he has all of the so-so stats, questions about his desire to get better and how hard he plays that is a trait of almost every elite athlete who underperforms. Whether or not the Pistons take Jones depends largely on where they think they are as a franchise right now. If they think they are at a point where missing badly on the No. 9 pick wouldn’t be ruinous enough to pass on a player with Jones’ potential, I think it’s likely they’d give him more serious consideration.

Sean Corp: There are A LOT of names to choose from here. It seems like outside the top four there are question marks everywhere. I’m not as skeptical about Andre Drummond as some but I sure am wary of Perry Jones III, Harrison Barnes and Austin Rivers. Particularly Jones. He is like the college football team that starts the season ranked way too high but stays in the top 25 based on reputation and because voters don’t like to admit they are wrong. I’m not sure if PJ3 ends up being an under-performing SF or an under-performing PF but I’m pretty sure he’ll under perform.


  • Jun 28, 201211:27 am
    by Ray


    Best Case Scenario

    Houstons offers us maybe the 12 and the 16 or the 18th pick for the 9th….

    Throw in whatever players, outside of the core pieces to make it work….

    done deal!…

    • Jun 28, 201211:34 am
      by MrCarter


      I’m with you Ray but I would think #12 and #18 is as far as Houstons willing to go for #9. Might work though, and I’d certainly like to see that happen. But, if we stay at #9(unless Drummond falls to us), I’m thinking Henson or Leonard.

    • Jun 28, 201212:20 pm
      by oats


      I think that Houston is either getting a proven big man or they move up for Drummond. Houston is desperate for a center, and I just don’t think Meyers Leonard is a suitable fill in if they miss out on Drummond. Their most likely back up plan is just take 3 players and stockpile assets. Morey has said multiple times his basic strategy is to add as many guys who have a shot to be good as possible to the team and see who pans out. Between that and with the depth of this draft in mind, why move up to 9 without getting Drummond? If Drummond is there, I doubt Dumars does the trade with Houston, so I just don’t think Houston is a likely trade partner.

  • Jun 28, 201211:34 am
    by Ray


    I read an article on Perry Jones, and it really contradicts all that low motor talk, no desire talk…..He is too talented to pass up….

    • Jun 28, 201211:38 am
      by Daye and Knight


      He’s also medically red flagged now because of knee issues…that being said it doesn’t sound too bad and I would certainly take him over Henson still. Too much upside

  • Jun 28, 201211:37 am
    by Faris


    http://www.csnbayarea.com/basketball-golden-state-warriors/warriors-talk/Did-Jerry-West-rule-out-drafting-Andre-D?blockID=731864&feedID=2799 i guess this means the only other obstacle for the pistons to get andre drummond is the raptors

    • Jun 28, 201211:48 am
      by Shane


      No Sactown Toronto and trades are all viable options to get Drummond

  • Jun 28, 201211:51 am
    by john


    The raptors just drafted Valinciunas last year. they dont need a center after his “impressive” year in Europe

  • Jun 28, 201212:18 pm
    by Byron


    Patrick thinks Perry Jones would be both the best and the worst pick at 9?

    • Jun 28, 201212:52 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Yes. I just meant that’s how wide the variance is on what people who have watched Jones closely project.

      It wouldn’t be a total shock if he ended up being the best player in this draft. Few would be surprised if he ended up being the biggest bust.

      • Jun 28, 20121:57 pm
        by Byron


        Yeah, but that doesn’t really seem like the format of this. You’re not expressing an opinion on who could go best or who could go worst, you’re making a decision on who will be best and who will be worst.

        • Jun 28, 20122:07 pm
          by Patrick Hayes


          My opinion is that Perry Jones could either be the best or worst player the Pistons could possibly take at nine. Like I said, wouldn’t be shocked to see him become a star, wouldn’t be shocked to see him be the next Rodney White.

  • Jun 28, 201212:36 pm
    by Gregoire


    If Drummond slips to 9 a lot of possibilities open up. Either we take him or we trade for 2 of Houstons picks including the 12th and go for Leonard and Perry Jones, who now will slip a few spots with his knee issues. A starting five of:

    C – Leonard
    PF – Monroe
    SF – Perry Jones
    SG – Stuckey
    PG – Knight

    looks very good to me!

  • Jun 28, 20121:57 pm
    by collin


    The pistons arnt good at all and the only way they can get better is to not sighn a point guard, trade Prince, get a younger guy like Harden, dont get PG3 he is way over rated and will not be a NBA all star ever. get miles leonard because I am a big ten fan and i watches leonard boast huge numbers in the Big Ten this guy will add the d-fence, scoring and leadership that detroit needs on there team. Gregoire is wrong about PG3, Austin Daye is the future at small foward fo detroit.

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