The recently concluded NBA Draft combine isn't as well known, or, frankly, as informative as the NFL combine, but official measurements and testing can move the needle on player's stock.
Draft Express has put together a mock draft for the first 40 picks taking into account how the combine might have affected certain players and taken into account team needs. The Detroit Pistons are slotted to take Creighton sharpshooter Doug McDermott at No. 8 and Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie in the second round with pick No. 38.
McDermott is looked at as a tweener and a possible major defensive liability at the pro level, but he did quite a bit to boost his stock at the combine, showing well in most all the athletic tests. He did, however, measure only 6-foot-61/4 without shoes so he might be strictly a small forward in the NBA.
The 22-year-old McDermott is considered the second coming of fellow Creighton alum Kyle Korver. McDermott shot better than 45 percent from 3-point range during his college career and better than 58 percent on two-point shots. Where he differs from Korver is that he's much more than a catch-and-shoot player, with an insane usage rate, sparkling efficiency and an ability to score all over the court.
Here is what Draft Express had to say about the pick:
While this might feel somewhat high for McDermott, the skill-set he brings is highly in demand these days, and it's difficult to find someone who can (theoretically) so seamlessly be plugged in to a team and fill a gaping hole. The Pistons' spacing was horrible last year with so many non-shooters playing together. McDermott can help with that right away, and his defensive shortcomings can be masked somewhat playing alongside the likes of Josh Smith and Andre Drummond.
Head coach and top decision maker Stan Van Gundy values outside shooting greatly as part of his system, and found ways to mask the defensive shortcomings of players like J.J. Redick, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson in Orlando. McDermott is a major wildcard in this draft, as he could slide all the way to the end of the lottery if he doesn't get picked up by Sacramento, Detroit or Cleveland, three teams who could all seemingly use his services immediately.
Dinwiddie is an intriguing high-risk, high-reward candidate as he suffered an ACL tear that cost him all but 17 games of his junior season. In those 17 games, though, he stood out as a primary ballhandler as a 6-foot-6 guard. Here is an excerpt from Dinwiddie's DX profile:
Additionally, he looked far more comfortable operating out of the pick-and-roll as a junior. His ability to shoot, distribute, or attack his man off of the dribble made him particularly difficult to guard out of the pick-and-roll and his willingness to attack the basket and draw contact is encouraging given his reputation for lacking toughness and aggressiveness.
What makes Dinwiddie interesting is that he can not only create his own shot effectively, but he's also an excellent shooter. He attempted 4.7 three-point field goal attempts per 40 minutes pace adjusted and made an impressive 41.3% of his attempts. This was an important development as his 3-point percentage really fell off his sophomore season (34%) after a blistering freshman year (45%). On film, his shooting mechanics, particularly in his upper body, look solid, but he tends to fall forward or drift to the side if he does not have enough time to set his feet and square up to the basket. He is a good shot creator from beyond the arc, however, and his ability to anticipate pressure while creating (relatively) open looks for himself is intriguing looking forward to the next level.
The last time the Pistons took a flyer on a player who was coming off an ACL injury that forced him to drop to the second round was in 2012 when they drafted Khris Middleton, which is working out great ... for the Milwaukee Bucks.