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2016 NBA Draft: Pistons select Diamond Stone in latest ESPN mock draft

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The 18-year-old center is a raw prospect with high upside, but could have a largely Greg Monroe-like future, for both good and for ill.

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The Detroit Pistons select Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone in ESPN's latest mock NBA draft.

The Pistons, currently slated to select No. 18 overall, select Stone because "[he] is a low-post beast who can score in a variety of ways. As he continued to work on his conditioning, he would have a chance of being a very nice complement to Andre Drummond on the Pistons' front line.

That comes courtesy of Chad Ford, ESPN's NBA Draft guru.

So what kind of player is Stone?

Upside Motor has a quality analysis of strengths and weaknesses published in January, which means it's reflective of his actual play as a Terapin. A nickel summary of their analysis includes that while young and raw, he's a beast down low who favor's "bully ball" to get positioning under the rim.

They also highlight his emerging jump shot and terrific free-throw rate for a big man as signs he could eventually be a pick-and-pop threat. He's mostly a below-the-rim player, so he won't wow you with blocked shots, but he is allegedly agile enough to guard some power forwards as he learns the nuances of the game.

The most interesting takeaway, and a red flag, is that he is a particularly poor rebounder for a big man, and his deficiency is masked somewhat by his penchant for rebounding his own misses on the offensive end.

The bottom line from Upside Motor has me thinking a lot about former Piston Greg Monroe:

Stone is an 18-year-old center prospect with great hands, good length and above-average agility for the position. While he tends to rely on his strength to play ‘bully ball' in the post, he is an excellent free throw shooter for his position and has the potential to be a reliable threat in pick-and-pop actions. Defensively, he projects more as a strong man-to-man defender than a true rim protector, though he has the physical tools necessary to be effective at slowing the pick-and-roll. The biggest question mark at this point is his motor, which has a tendency to run cold for long stretches of time.

Whether or not he is able to put forth consistent effort on a play-to-play basis will be the biggest determinant of Stone's success at the next level.

This has me skeptical about how much sense he makes as a complement to Drummond, as indicated by Ford, and more a developmental backup at center with less positional flexibility than might be envisioned by those thinking about the peak of his potential.

Other players available to the Pistons in the mock draft include Timothe Luwawu, Demetrius Jackson, Wade Baldwin, Dejounte Murray and Thon Maker.