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NBA Draft 2013: Best fit for Pistons?

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A lot of the draft talk around here lately has revolved around Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore, and Otto Porter. While all fine choices, at this time I believe that Anthony Bennett is not only the best fit for Detroit but also may have the most upside of the four. This is especially true if Bennett proves himself athletic enough to defend the SF position at the NBA level. Most of the draft experts see Bennett as a tweener, and project him as more of a PF than a SF. After watching him several times this year, I see more of a SF with some post up ability than a PF with a strong jump shot. He seems much more comfortable on the perimeter, and most of his successful post ups is when he turns and shoots his jumper over the top. He is also long, explosive around the rim, and has a solid handle for someone his size. He has gone coast to coast several times this year, resulting in several big dunks.

When comparing him to Oladipo, McLemore, and Porter, we see a player who is more efficient than McLemore and Porter and close to Oladipo. He is also the best rebounder(8.1rpg) and shot blocker(1.2bpg) of the four by far. He carried his team offensively for most of the year, until a shoulder injury late in February. He scored 16.1 ppg on 10.8 fga shooting 53.3% with 37.5% from 3. His efficiency is helped by his free throw rate which is also the best of the four at 5.1 attempts while playing 27.1 minutes per game. He is not currently at the same level defensively as the other three, but with his length, a 7'1" wingspan, strength, and explosiveness he should be able to improve.

When looking at the Pistons needs and the available players in both the Draft and Free Agency, the most difficult position to fill is gonna be at small forward. With Detroit's need for shooters, this leaves only four total players who fit. Porter and Bennett in the draft, and Kyle Korver and Martell Webster in FA. Korver would be nice but would be a short term addition because of his age, and Webster has been injury prone but is only 27. Drafting a SF would also allow Detroit to focus on guards in FA, whether that is Jose or his replacement. Bennett to the Pistons would fill several holes. It would provide another strong rebounder to help overcome what is potentially a small backcourt. He would stretch the floor for Monroe and Drummond, and bring a strong finisher at the rim on cuts and on the break. His post up ability could become an asset against smaller wings. He could also provide back up minutes as a stretch PF who also rebounds, this would allow Singler to be a strong 6th man subbing in for Monroe or Drummond. I believe his upside would be Josh Smith with solid 3 point range.

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