So, the Pistons desperately need a big man with TOP notch TALENT with Athleticism and/or Strength & Size with their top pick. But what if the worst-case scenario happens?
What if we only get pick 7, and we don't get that talent dropped into our lap like Greg Monroe was last year?
What if Kyrie, Jonas, Enes, Derrick, and Jared are all gone?
Do we take a late-first round talent with our top ten pick? No, the likelihood of success in the NBA gets lower and lower with draft talent-level. (http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/pick-pick-draft-expectations)
I think in that situation we should take best talent available.
Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette would likely be available at that level.
Pros for Kemba:
super-talented, quick, scorer
can also pass/ play a pure pg role
Cons for Kemba:
redundant skill set to Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum
Will Bynum can pass and provide high-usage scoring energy. Rodney Stuckey has shown passing ability as well, they just need discipline.
Pros for Jimmer:
supertalented scorer, no-conscience shooter with killer instinct
not too small, but is built strong, like a football player
fits with our other guards, also can be a non-ball dominant, long-range floor spacer
A low-usage shooter with a high-percentage scoring capability
Cons for Jimmer:
not a lock-down defender
But I think I'm warming up to Jimmer. He may not be as fast as Kemba, or a pure pg. But Jimmer has a VERY rare killer instinct scoring talent, kind of like a Michael Jordan/Larry Bird type. He scores at will, from anywhere. I think his football player build makes him a stronger NBA prospect than other pure shooters that have dominated in college but ride the bench in the pros. He's strong enough - plus with an effective crossover - to get to a spot without being the fastest guy on the court; and when he gets there, he can make the shot. He has shown he can put a team on his back, on purpose. Strength makes a difference.
Imagine Rodney penetrating to the lane, and being able to pass out to someone that's not supposed to be in the paint? I guess that was supposed to be Ben Gordon's role... but that hasn't really worked out.
We could have a backcourt of:
Then we can use our 2nd round pick to get a 2nd round level big man talent like Jordan Williams or Keith Benson. (Or get another mid-first round pick with a trade) and get John Henson or Kenneth Faried. Then trade for Dalembert or Zach Randolph to shore up our backcourt a bit.
I think Jimmer's talent level may be too high to pass up if we can't get a top-5 level big man. Plus he may be a good fit, so our Power Forwards can go score/rebound in the paint instead of "space the floor". It might be okay as a worst-case scenario.
What do you think?
If Jared, Derrick, Kyrie, Enes, and Jonas are gone by the time the Pistons draft, what should we do with our top 10 pick?
draft Kemba (17 votes)
draft Jimmer (28 votes)
get an undersized big man such as John Henson or Kenneth Faried (8 votes)
other - post in comments (7 votes)
60 total votes