Right now sources say Leonard and Henson are the two leading candidates in the group. Sullinger has slid on the Pistons’ draft board since the team saw his draft combine physical. Mississippi State’s Arnett Moultrie is also in the running for the No. 9 pick, however he’s more of a long-shot. He worked out earlier with the Pistons.
The winner of the workout could very well be the ninth pick if UConn big man Andre Drummond doesn’t fall to them.
The Pistons are hoping Drummond does fall and there are scenarios where they could get their wish.
Even after all that, there’s no guarantee that the Pistons would draft him. They too have questions about his maturity and toughness. UConn’ head coach Jim Calhoun’s comment to Andy Katz on Thursday that "Three or four years down the road you’ll see Andre’s incredible potential" scares them to death.
Three to four years of development time is an eternity for a NBA lottery pick. After several years of mediocrity, the Pistons really want to make a push for the playoffs now.
There might be good reasons to pass on Andre Drummond at No. 9, but making a playoff push next season is not one of them. I want the Pistons’ players and coaches thinking playoffs, but Joe Dumars should be thinking long term – especially in the draft. The draft is, by far, the easiest way to add an upper-echelon player. Filling in the roster with role players to make the team slightly better can be done through free agency and trades.
I really hope this is a smokescreen to deter teams from trading up ahead of the Pistons and drafting Drummond.
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