The Detroit Pistons select Vanderbilt sophomore point guard Wade Baldwin with the 16th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to a new mock draft released by Jonathan Givony of The Vertical and Draft Express.
The new mock draft is the first Vertical/Yahoo/DraftExpress mock draft to take into account team needs.
Of the Pistons' selection, Givony writes:
Insider info: After trading Brandon Jennings to Orlando, the Pistons could look to add some depth at point guard, particularly with a bigger guard who can spend time alongside prolific scorer Reggie Jackson. Drafting a player like Baldwin, who can defend multiple positions and make an open shot, makes sense, all things considered. Baldwin has significant upside as well.
Drafting a versatile and defensive-minded point guard certainly makes sense for Detroit, especially considering the defensive shortcomings of starter Reggie Jackson and current reserve Steve Blake.
The next three picks available for Detroit other than Baldwin in the mock draft were Maryland's Diamond Stone, which is, apparently, a real name, and is awesome; Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Baylor's Taurean Prince.
Another point guard doesn't go off the board until No. 22 to Philly, who selects Tyler Ulis out of Kentucky. The 5-foot-9 point guard seems to have some qualities Stan Van Gundy might desire. Givony writes:
Ulis has the perimeter shooting needed to play alongside Philly's non-shooting bigs and shows great potential in the pick-and-roll. His intangibles and locker-room presence have to be considered positives as well.
Head on over and scope out the entire mock draft. Would you have selected Baldwin for the Pistons? Who makes more sense? Wouldn't it be awesome if the Pistons actually picked 19th or 20th overall?