The Detroit Pistons have made progress(?) following several season of being just bad to finally being truly awful. The team is tied in the loss column with the last-ranked Philadelphia 76ers and seem to be trending in the wrong direction.
The only positive that could come from this is that the team finally earns a top-3 draft pick (Darko excluded) and can draft a difference-maker that allows some of their other pieces fall into place.
ESPN NBA draft guru Chad Ford already has released his second mock draft, and it's the first that actually reflects actual college games played and actual NBA team needs.
With the second overall pick, Ford has the Pistons eschewing obvious needs at point guard and on the wing and selecting Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns is a 6-foot-11 big man with an expected mid-range game down the line and is the kind of defender that complements Andre Drummond well and could turn the paint into a no-fly zone in Detroit.
What Ford says about the Pistons' pick. Get Insider to read the whole thing and read his comments on every other pick:
I think Towns would get the slight nod over Mudiay right now. He's huge, has been a defensive monster and can also stretch the floor. Drafting Towns allows them to let Monroe walk in the summer and to use his cap space to get some help at the wing.
The last three Kentucky centers drafted in the top five? Nerlens Noel (2013), Anthony Davis (2012) and DeMarcus Cousins.