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Archive → June, 2012

Could Pistons trade into late first round to draft Jared Sullinger?

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

#Pistons workout: Henson solid and Sullinger off board for ninth pick. Possible they could trade back into late first round for Sullinger.

I’m not sure whether Ellis is operating on real info, or just suggesting a plan that could work, but I definitely hope it’s the latter. If the Pistons could somehow get Jared Sullinger and John Henson/Meyers Leonard/Terrence Jones in this draft, I’d be thrilled

Without getting into specific team needs, the Pistons’ two second-rounders (39 and 44) are probably worth a late first-round pick – especially to teams wary of adding the guaranteed contract of a first-round pick. The Pistons could use one player with Sullinger’s skills much more than they could use two second-round players.

Perry Jones III had a good workout in Detroit too, apparently

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!:

John Henson had previously been declared the winner of Monday’s major Detroit workout by whoever it is who declares winners of workouts, and he seems to be emerging as a consensus favorite at No. 9. Jones III represents the high risk/possible high reward prospect who could be available at nine. He has tantalizing physical skills that his overall production in college never came close to matching.

Pistons select John Henson in TrueHoop Network mock draft

1. New Orleans – Anthony Davis (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247.com)

2. Charlotte – Thomas Robinson (Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops)

3. Washington – Bradley Beal (Kyle Weidie, Truth About It)

4. Cleveland – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)

5. Sacramento – Harrison Barnes (James Ham, Cowbell Kingdon)

6. Portland – Andre Drummond (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)

7. Golden State – Dion Waiters (Rasheed Malek, WarriorsWorld.net)

8. Toronto – Jeremy Lamb (Sam Holako, Raptors Republic)

9. Detroit – John Henson (Dan Feldman, PistonPowered)

Patrick and I both agreed quickly on this. If Andre Drummond is off the board, Henson is the pick. He’s far more advanced defensively than anyone else on the board, and if the Pistons are going to make a playoff push – which appears to be their goal – they need more defense.

10. New Orleans – Damian Lillard (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247)

11. Portland – Kendall Marshall (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)

12. Milwaukee – Perry Jones III (Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball)

13. Phoenix – Terrence Ross (Ryan Weisert, Valley of the Suns)

14. Houston – Tyler Zeller (Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm)

15. Philadelphia – Terrence Jones (Carey Smith, Philadunkia)

16. Houston – Austin Rivers (Robert Silverman, KnickerBlogger)

17. Dallas – Quincy Miller (Connor Huchton, The Two Man Game)

18. Minnesota Houston – Meyers Leonard (Steve McPherson, Hardwood Paroxysm)

19. Orlando – Tony Wroten (Eddy Rivera, MBN)

20. Denver – Andrew Nicholson (Kalen Deremo, Roundball Mining Company)

21. Boston – Jared Sullinger (Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub.com)

22. Boston – Moe Harkless (Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub.com)

23. Atlanta – Royce White (Bret LaGree, Hoopinion)

24. Cleveland – Arnett Moultrie (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)

25. Memphis – Fab Melo (Red Coleman, 3sob.com)

26. Indiana – Marquis Teague (Tim Donahue, 8p9s)

27. Miami – Jeff Taylor (Beckley Mason, HoopSpeak)

28. Oklahoma City – Draymond Green (Royce Young, Daily Thunder)

29. Chicago – Will Barton (Matt McHale, Bulls by the Horns)

30. Golden State – Jared Cunningham (Rasheed Malek, WarriorsWorld.net)

Jonas Jerebko will play for Swedish National Team after all

In the spring, reports surfaced that Jonas Jerebko wouldn’t play for Sweden in this summer’s European Championships. It turns out Jerebko has reconsidered. From Jerebko’s website:

Jonas Jerebko is pleased to announce that he will be playing with the Swedish National Team in this summer’s Qualification Round for Eurobasket 2013.  ”In the first weeks following the 2011-12 NBA season of 66 games in just 4 months, I was unable to fully commit to the National Team this summer.  But my body has responded very well to the summer break, and I discussed the matter in further detail with the Pistons.  I recognized that the opportunity to represent my country was too good to pass up.  Playing in the Eurobasket Qualifying Round will allow me to play competitive basketball during the offseason, and I am thrilled to continue playing a leading role in the advancement of Swedish basketball, which has such a bright future.  I want to sincerely thank the Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars, Head Coach Lawrence Frank, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Arnie Kander for their complete support in making this important decision.

“I look forward to joining my teammates in July as we compete to qualify for Sweden’s first Eurobasket appearance in a decade.”

I’m glad Jerebko is playing if that’s what he wants to do and glad that the organization is supporting him, although I’m sure they’d undoubtedly prefer he rest and train for the season here. Jerebko’s participation has to be a huge deal in Sweden, so I’m sure his country is extremely happy to have him playing.

Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: John Henson


  • Measurables: 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, junior F/C from North Carolina
  • Key Stats: 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 blocks per game, 50 percent shooting
  • Projected: Lottery
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Why I’m intrigued by this guy

Henson, simply, seems like the best fit. Like all of the prospects available at nine, he has significant strengths and weaknesses, but his defense and, in particular, his shot-blocking fill Detroit’s two most glaring needs.

Since the lottery when we learned where the Pistons would be picking, Henson has felt like the front-runner for this pick and he’s done nothing to change that.

Pros for the Pistons

Henson has been discussed so much by Pistons fans, we pretty much already have a good feel for his strengths. He blocks shots, he boards, he’s a good all-around athlete and he’s the rim-protecting presence the Pistons need. He’s also a two-time defensive player of the year in the ACC and, although he has a slight build, he’s mobile enough to jump out and defend a pick and roll. All of those things mentioned were areas where Pistons not named Ben Wallace were deficient last season.

Henson also appears to have a strong work ethic. Two of the biggest knocks on him are that he lacks strength and he’s a poor free throw shooter, but he’s clearly improved in both of those areas in three years of college. Henson gained, according to some reports, as much as 37 pounds during his time at UNC. And though his 51 percent free throw shooting as a junior is nothing to brag about, he did improve from 43 to 47 to 51 percent in his three college seasons.

Cons for the Pistons

As Dan laid out in detail yesterday, Henson is essentially the ‘safe’ pick at nine. Most scouts are convinced he’ll be at the very least a solid NBA player, but probably doesn’t have All-Star caliber potential whereas guys like Meyers Leonard or Perry Jones might have higher bust potential but they also have extremely high ceilings. If the Pistons take Henson and then two or three years down the road, either Leonard or Jones has developed into star player, it will be another pick lamented by fans with the benefit of hindsight. That’s not to say Henson has no potential, because he does, but so much more is known about him because of his college track record than the others.

What others are saying

Chad Ford:

Henson is a tough player to peg. Henson is the hardest player to peg. He’s a freak athlete, is loooooooong, is a terrific shot blocker and has an emerging game on the offensive end. He plays hard, is unselfish and has put a lot of work into his game. However, he has a super thin frame and lacks a clear position at the next level. Most of the NBA scouts I’ve spoken with struggle to project him at the next level. Someone will likely take him in the late lottery based on his talent and production, but he’s not seen as a sure thing by scouts.


Henson’s combination of coordination, length, athleticism, hands, and ability to finish with finesse and power make him extremely dangerous operating on cuts and pick-and-rolls, both of which could be utilized even more effectively than they are now in the right system at the next level. Henson’s actually been used very sparingly on pick-and-rolls this season, especially going to the basket, and that may actually be his most potent offensive skill at the next level.


Poll: Which player belongs No. 11 on the Pistons’ draft board?

Read this before voting

1. Anthony Davis

2. Thomas Robinson

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

4. Andre Drummond

5. Harrison Barnes

6. Bradley Beal

7. Meyers Leonard

8. John Henson

9. Perry Jones

10. Tyler Zeller

John Henson to Pistons in ESPN’s updated mock draft

Chad Ford of ESPN:

Analysis: Meyers Leonard occupied this spot for roughly six hours before Henson reclaimed it. Why? Henson, Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, Terrence Jones and Jared Sullinger all worked out in Detroit on Monday and the consensus was that Henson really shined. The Pistons really need a shot-blocker and Henson fits the bill.


John Henson stands out in today’s big workout with Pistons

Chad Ford of ESPN:

Sounds like Henson was the big standout in the Detroit workout. Mock Draft 9.1 coming in 3, 2, 1 …

Sounds like Ford will have the Pistons selecting John Henson, unlike this morning, when Ford had Meyers Leonard to Detroit in his mock draft.

More importantly, I think means Henson has become the clear favorite to become the Pistons’ pick Thursday.

Pistons likely promoting George David to replace Scott Perry

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Source: Pistons likely to promote Director of Scouting George David to assistant GM to replace Scott Perry, who took Asst GM job in Orlando.

This will be an interesting test of the Tom Gores regime. Will the Pistons replace David or just with a smaller – and cheaper – front office?

Scott Perry leaves Pistons for Magic

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Scott Perry has been hired by Orlando GM Rob Hennigan to be the Magic’s assistant GM, sources say. Perry was the Pistons’ VP of BBall Ops

Before even considering what it will mean for the Pistons’ long-term operation, I wonder how this will affect the team with the draft Thursday. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Perry, 48, plays a key role in the Pistons’ draft, and is hands-on with college scouting and interviewing prospective draft picks.