There's lots of basketball to be played yet in the 2012/13 NBA season, but I have to admit I'm beginning to wonder how we will shore up our back court. Looking at the best prospects from college ball, I can't help but be a little worried.
Aran Smith's Top 100, as posted on nbadraft.net, shows lots of big men atop the rankings. Just three shooting guards breaking his top 10 list:
The top rated point guards on his list are:
Although I am hoping for Brandon Knight to continue to show progress, I'm starting to have greater doubts about how capable Rodney Stuckey is as a star performer to build the team around. Thus, I'm starting to look ahead at what talent might come to the team via the draft.
At the current pace, zero wins in seven games, the team is on track for a lottery pick, if not the #1 overall selection. I'm more optimistic that the season will improve, than this article may at first seem, but still a lottery pick doesn't seem too far fetched either. As you look at the top 10, besides the 3 names mentioned above there are 3 centers, and 4 forwards.
It may be worth noting that Shabazz's eligibility this season has been denied recently. So there may be an issue to his being in next year's draft. Thus, it seems more likely that the top 6 players in the draft will not include any guards. The forwards that stand out as being the top ranked talent in this group are:
It's a long season and many things can change, but it's probably likely that one of the 9 names above will likely be the Piston's top draft pick by year-end. The significance of this is in considering what trades might be considered with these players in the offing.
We've heard that the possibility exists that Corey Maggette, Jason Maxiell, and possibly Tayshaun Prince might be dealt, and I'd have to add Rodney Stuckey to this list given his performance thus far in the new year. Given the composition of the draft and the team's roster, a deal would seem to likely be most helpful if the back court could be added to, since the highest rated talent in the draft favors the forward roles.
Does this mean that a player like Jose Calderon would be a good fit? Or, perhaps Charles Jenkins of the Warriors? These names definitely have been mentioned in the past. Less known players such as Josh Selby of the Grizzlies or Alec Burks of the Jazz also might be other names that emerge.