Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated published a new mock draft, and he has the Pistons taking Shabazz Muhammad at No. 8:
With Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons frontcourt is set. Detroit needs help scoring, though, (94.9 points per game last season, 22nd in the NBA) and Muhammad is a scorer. He prefers to play the 2-guard spot, but Muhammad has the size and strength to play small forward, too. Questions about Muhammad’s attitude and one-dimensional play linger, but his talent is undeniable.
Right now, I think Muhammad is the Pistons’ most likely pick. I think they’ll view him as a player who earned a great reputation coming out high school and and failed to meet expectations at UCLA only because expectations were too high. I think they’ll see how hard he plays and disregard any controversy. I think they’ll see his fit and deem it better than anyone else in the tier. I think they’ll see a player available at No. 8 who not long ago seemed like a top-three lock.
A lot can change between now and the draft, but at the moment, I consider Muhammad the Pistons’ most likely pick.
Leave a Reply