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NBA mock drafts 2013: Who will the Pistons take at No. 8?

The NBA draft lottery gods frowned on Detroit, not only denying the Pistons a top-3 pick but also pushing the team down a slot from their original No. 7 slot. But if there's one thing for certain in this draft, it's that no one knows what will happen on draft day. Stay tuned as we track the latest mock drafts and evaluate potential picks between now and June 27.

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NBA Draft: Mock Draft Round-Up

Here is the current status of the Internet's most prominent NBA mock drafts.

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NBA Draft: What advanced analytics say

Nerds in their mothers' basements also have something to say about today's NBA Draft.*

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Mock Draft 7.0: Pistons pass on Burke for Bennett

In Chad Ford's final mock draft Trey Burke falls to the Pistons and Detroit passes on him in favor of Anthony Bennett.

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Chad Ford on Pistons draft plans

Chad Ford was nice enough to answer my question during his NBA Draft chat today, here is the question and answer. Take it for what it is worth: Sean (Lansing): If I'm the Pistons and I have a choice between Trey Burke, MCW, KCP and C.J. McCollum, who am I taking? Chad Ford (1:25 PM): Pistons have thrived by hanging around and having a top guy fall (Could be Bennett or McLemore this year). If both are off the board I think they go Burke, MCW, McCollum in that order. Zeller another possibility there at 9.

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ESPN Mock Draft 6.0: Pistons take Anthony Bennett

One minute you're getting Trey Burke, the next minute you're getting Anthony Bennett. Is it Thursday yet?

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Mock draft roundup: Expect a guard

Most draft pundits are still predicting the Pistons will bolster their backcourt in the NBA draft.

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2013 NBA Draft Big Board - First Round

DBB's Kevin Sawyer provides his big board for the first round.

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Chad Ford has Pistons taking Carter-Williams

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Chad Ford has the Pistons going with Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams with the No. 8 overall pick.

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Everyone's predicting a PG for Pistons

Five out of seven experts agree: the Pistons will take a point guard in the upcoming NBA draft, perhaps signaling the end of the Brandon Knight experiment and discounting Detroit's chances of re-signing Jose Calderon.

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Michael Carter-Williams over Victor Oladipo?

Do you want the Pistons to take another point guard? Unless his name is Trey Burke, I hope they don't. But in his first post-lottery mock draft, SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks thinks the Pistons might turn to Michael Carter-Williams from Syracuse:

8. Detroit Pistons -- Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse

A 6'6 PG is the best way to salvage the Brandon Knight era. Carter-Williams can cross-switch defensively and let Knight play off the ball. That could be a really fun backcourt.

Personally, I'd rather the Pistons just take the best available player, not make a pick in hopes of salvaging another mistake. And if the rest of the Tjarks' mock draft holds true, I'll be furious:

9. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Victor Oladipo, Indiana

This is a probably a little low for Oladipo, but it would be a great pick for Minnesota if it came out this way. Ricky Rubio throwing oops to Oladipo would be something. Never forget.

10. Portland Trail Blazers -- Cody Zeller, Indiana

Picks nine through 11 are right about where this draft starts to tail off, so Portland is just taking whomever falls to them. Zeller and LaMarcus Aldridge would be a really interesting frontcourt tandem, at least offensively.

I can't see Oladipo falling this far, let alone past the Pistons. Even if his surprising ability to drain 3-pointers was a fluke last year, he'll be a tenacious defender in the NBA from the first day he steps onto the court. (Don't miss DBB's full scouting report on Oladipo here.)

Admittedly, I haven't seen much of Carter-Williams, so perhaps his nearly invisible performance in the Final Four is unfairly tainting my opinion. But even Oladipo is off the board, I might prefer Cody Zeller over MCW, despite Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond's presence in Detroit. Now your thoughts.

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Pistons to pick at No. 8 in NBA Draft

Start boning up on Shabazz Muhammad, CJ McCollum, Michael Carter-Williams, Cody Zeller and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope because the Pistons got screwed again. We can all officially share in our hatred of the Cavs, Wizards and Kings now.

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