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2016 NBA Draft: Pistons look at Wade Baldwin, Demetrius Jackson and Thon Maker

The Pistons have been homing in on several players whom they think could make a difference in Motown.

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The Pistons have been linked to several promising prospects as the NBA Draft slowly creeps up on the Association, but it seems that Detroit have narrowed down their list of prospective draftees as both's Keith Langlois and MLive's David Mayo report. As we've earlier covered, the Pistons were in contact with four first round point guard prospects -- Tyler Ulis, Wade Baldwin, Demetrius Jackson and Malik Beasley -- but, according to Langlois, Jackson and Beasley are drawing the most interest from Detroit's front office, with Ulis' measurements at the Combine -- 5-foot-9 and 149 pounds -- potentially diminishing his chances due to Stan Van Gundy's preference for taller, stronger point guards.

Baldwin, who at 20 is about 1½ years younger than Jackson, raised eyebrows with an eye-popping wing span measurement of 6-foot-11¼. He's also bigger than Jackson at 6-foot-4 to Jackson's 6-foot-1¾. Given that Van Gundy is a big fan of plus length for your position, the Pistons figure to parse everything about Baldwin with great care over the next six weeks.

With indications pointing towards Detroit selecting a point guard in the first round, the team may look to bolster its frontcourt in the second round, with David Mayo reporting that the Pistons would be thrilled to see high-schooler Thon Maker name still on the board during their second selection. The 19-year old is currently projected by Draft Express to be this year's 40th pick, and it might not be a stretch to imagine him dropping down to the Pistons' 49th pick, as questions continue to swirl regarding Maker's potential.

Maker and Baldwin both make sense for the Pistons and would help fill two of the largest needs on the team. They both fit the bill that SVG and Bower have created, but it remains to be seen if both executives are confident enough in those players' abilities to bring them to the Motor City.