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NBA Draft: Pistons opt for Fear the Fro 2.0 in latest ESPN mock draft

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It’s too early to think about the NBA draft, but let’s argue about it anyway

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Texas Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have a lot to figure out about their current team, much less think about the kind of young prospect they will add in next year’s NBA draft.

That being said, professional #content producers have a job to do, and so the estimable Chad Ford at ESPN has already generated his Mock Draft 2.0 (Insider).

In this mock draft, ESPN uses their own Basketball Power Index to presume the draft order as opposed to the actual standings. For Detroit Pistons fans standing on a ledge, that could bring either good or bad news.

The ESPN BPI is still relatively confident in the Pistons, projecting a 41-41 record and a seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Consequently, it also means that they pick 17th in the draft.

Ford has the Pistons selecting Jarrett Allen, a freshman center from Texas. Ford writes:

Andre Drummond is the man in the middle for the Pistons, but they could use more help in the paint.

There isn't a lot of flashiness from Allen, but his huge, 7-foot-6 wingspan, solid rebounding and defensive numbers mean teams will be willing to bring him along slowly.

I know next to nothing about Allen’s game, but he does have a cool Ben Wallace-like afro. So that is neat.

Per Ford, Allen grades out as a player with the following positives:

  • Mobile, versatile big man
  • Fluid athlete can run the floor
  • Good rebounder and excellent shot blocker
  • Excels at rolling to the rim.

Negatives:

  • Needs to add strength and toughness
  • Still a bit raw offensively

So there you have it, draft fans. Another center to add to the Andre Drummond, Henry Ellenson (probably not), Aron Baynes (probably gone), Boban Marjanovic (can he play?) grouping.

Incidentally, the next five players off of Ford’s board are Ivan Rabb, Edrice Adebayo, Luke Kennard, Rodions Kurucs, and Tyler Lydon.

Also, using today’s current standings and having the Pistons select 12th overall, the player falling off Ford’s board (to the Knicks) is OG Anunoby from Indiana.