Pistons Mailbag - Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Page 3
Pistons.com editor Keith Langlois answers your questions about the Pistons and NBA. Click here to submit your questions - please include your name, email address and city/state on the form. Return to the Mailbag homepage.
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Jeremy (Kewadin, Mich.): I know it is highly unlikely that the Pistons get a high draft pick. That said, letís say the impossible happens and the Pistons pick first or second. Which player would be a better fit: Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams?
Langlois: You might be splitting hairs, Jeremy, because either one improves the roster. What I want most of all if Iím picking that high is an impact player Ė I donít care so much about fit, because if I see one of those players as a potential All-Star, or even a superstar, then Iím going to spend the next several years crafting a roster around him, not the other way around. But my guess Ė and itís still early in the draft process, with the combine and individual workouts still to come Ė is that Irving would be the pick. He was a dominant player early in the season, missed three months, and came back showing very little rust. It appears Irving was born to play basketball and there is the sense with him that heís the type that will galvanize a team and draw out the best in his teammates. Hard to pass that up. But I think Williams is a kid who might be scoring 23, 24, 25 points a game Ė and, yes, I know how rare those players are Ė in three years. Thatís also hard to pass up.
Corey (Taylor, Mich.): Assuming the Pistonsí lottery pick winds up being No. 7, Iíve seen many people projecting Enes Kanter to fall to us. I was curious as to what you think might be the greatest attribute for our team to acquire between Kanter, whoís more polished offensively but perhaps average defensively, as opposed to Bismack Biyombo, whoís a freak athlete and plays nasty defense but is limited offensively.
Langlois: Iíd take Kanter over Biyombo and I suspect pretty much every GM in the league would, too. Kanter put up 32 points and 13 boards at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit and Biyombo, a year later at the same event, had 12 points, 11 boards and 10 blocks. Each has a question mark hanging over his head: Kanter didnít play this year while the NCAA dithered over his eligibility; no one is really sure how old Biyombo is, but there is widespread skepticism that heís really the 18 his paper work asserts. People can work out Kanter and ease their concerns about his year of inactivity, but thereís not a lot that can dispel doubts about Biyomboís age. If I had to guess where Kanter would go right now, Iíd guess No. 3 Ė with a chance he could go No. 2. I donít see much likelihood that the Pistons would get the chance to draft Kanter if they donít get a top-three pick.
Jack (Kalamazoo, Mich.): The draft, trades and free agency are all very interesting, but how about telling us something we can actually use while at the beach this summer: Which books are on Arnie Kanderís suggested reading list and when is he going to write one?
Langlois: I asked him this season if heíd considered writing a book. I think heís got several in him, but he said heís too busy to give it the time it would require at this point. Iíd ask him about his reading list, but heís at the beach himself right now Ė or kicking back somewhere. When the season ends, he insists players take two or three weeks away from the gym to let their minds and bodies heal, and that becomes a time for him to get away, too. During the season, there really is no such thing as a day off for him. Even on days the team doesnít practice, there are always players who need treatment or want someone to oversee a workout to help their body or their game improve.
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