What the Pistons do on Thursday night is anybody's guess. Stan Van Gundy is mocking the mocks and not giving up much as to who he believes will be the best player available. Everyone else appears openly willing to sell their picks. I don't have the slightest clue how this will play out, but I'm mentally prepared for anything.
Pistons.com beat writer Keith Langlois certainly isn't going to give away any trade secrets, if he has any, but he's as close to the situation as anybody and he's certainly entitled to his best guess, too. That guess may or may not have anymore weight than other draftnik guesses, but for what it's worth, we're going to give it some.
Here is who Langlois thinks will be available when No. 18 rolls around and who will ultimately pull on the draft cap after the name is read aloud:
If I'm 100 percent right (hold your applause, or your derision), then that leaves the Pistons choosing from a list that includes Luwawu, Denzel Valentine, Malik Beasley, Dejounte Murray, Patrick McCaw, Demetrius Jackson, Taurean Prince, Cheick Diallo, Thon Maker, Furkan Korkmaz and probably a few or many others.
Beasley just visited Tuesday, his last stop before heading to New York. He's been invited to the NBA's green room, which means the league's own best intel says Beasley is in demand. He's one of the best shooters in the draft, flashed as a Florida State freshman and draws high marks for character.
The Pistons don't need another shooting guard with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jodie Meeks - both, like Beasley, Georgia natives - Reggie Bullock, Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson all having spent part of last season at the position and in the rotation.
But this is a pick the Pistons are making with 2017-18 and beyond in mind. Bullock and Meeks will be free agents going into that season. The depth chart could look very different.
So - remember, all in good fun - let's guess Malik Beasley pulls on a Pistons cap sometime around 9:20 tonight.
Read Langlois' article for the first 17 picks.
Beasley went to the San Antonio Spurs in our SB Nation mock draft at No. 29. That's good enough for most people. PTR's smart. The Florida Times Union has him going between 20-40, but as Langlois mentioned, he's a green room invite and there are recent reports that Beasley could go as high as No. 12 overall to the Hawks.
Who is this Beasley guy anyway? 19-year-old, 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Florida State (native of Georgia) who can... shoot. He shot 39 percent from three his only year at FSU, scoring efficiently and rebounding well. He had some of his best games against the nation's best defenses. His Dad is an actor.
What are your thoughts on Malik Beasley, DBB?