NBA mock draft 2013: Would Detroit pass over Victor Oladipo for Michael Carter-Williams?

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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