2010 Pistons Draft Central

A Good Night
The Pistons wanted a big man and wished for any one of the top three. Until very late Wednesday night, they didn’t believe they’d have a shot at landing one. But Golden State obliged by taking Ekpe Udoh with the No. 6 pick, and one pick later the Pistons wasted no time in submitted the name of Georgetown’s Greg Monroe.
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Pistons Draft Night Chat
Pistons.com's Keith Langlois and Ryan Pretzer blogged throughout Thursday's NBA Draft, while taking questions and comments from fans.
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Draft Buzz
Rumors that Golden State is leaning toward Ekpe Udoh of Baylor with the No. 6 pick could open the door for the Pistons to land Georgetown center Greg Monroe at No. 7. But trades could still throw a monkey wrench into the picture as the draft ticks down to its final hours.
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The Plot Thickens
With Thursday’s draft nearing, a new twist has emerged. It now appears that New Jersey is strongly considering Wesley Johnson at No. 3. If that happens, Minnesota – picking fourth and set on adding Johnson to bolster its athleticism – figures to be more willing to deal its pick. If the Pistons want to trade up to get a shot at DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors or Greg Monroe, that could be their opening.
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Pistons Pre-Draft Chat
If you missed the June 17th live draft chat with Pistons.com's Keith Langlois and Ryan Pretzer, along with a guest appearance by 97.1 The Ticket's Matt Dery, check out the transcript. And remember that they'll be hosting another live chat on June 24th during the NBA Draft.
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Finishing Touches
With only 10 days until the NBA draft, Pistons personnel director George David said the team has about 80 percent of its prep work completed. Workouts for the players who figure to be under consideration for the No. 7 pick have been purposely pushed into these final days with a clearer picture of who’ll be available to them at that spot beginning to emerge.
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Instant Impact
Joe Dumars said the list of players under consideration at No. 7 is realistically a half-dozen deep. While many factors will go into the decision, when you’re coming off a 27-win season one of the biggest is who can offer immediate help?
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Intrigue at No. 4
John Wall is getting sized for his jersey in Washington. Evan Turner and Derrick Favors almost surely will go next, in some order. That leaves the keys to the lottery in the hands of Minnesota, sitting with the No. 4 pick. Though DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to land in Minnesota, he’s still a strong possibility to be the fourth pick.
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High Gear
Though the Pistons have been bringing players into their Auburn Hills practice facility for several weeks to work out in advance of the June 24 draft, they haven’t yet had players to town who they’ll consider picking at No. 7. That changes this week, when the focus of draft prep switches to players tagged as lottery candidates.
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Odds and Ends
With a little less than 3 weeks to go until the June 24 draft, much can still change as the Pistons are other NBA teams are still in the process of bringing players in for individual workouts and meetings. But the field is beginning to narrow as Joe Dumars and his staff sort through the information and the rumors about who might be available to them with the No. 7 pick.
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Draft Decoding
With four players consistently mentioned as certain to be gone when the Pistons pick, the teams the lottery deposited at 5 and 6 in the pecking order hold the keys to what will be available at No. 7 when Joe Dumars goes on the clock. Here’s how it could all play out.
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Mystery Man
Ryan Richards' decision to enter the NBA draft left the European basketball community surprised, but his showing last week in Chicago means he's probably in to stay. Richards, who said he worked out for the Pistons, could be a second-round option.
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Sizing Up
The NBA’s official measurements of the 50-plus players gathered in Chicago for the draft combine are out and they don’t show much separation among the big men the Pistons figure to consider with the No. 7 pick.
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Potential #7 Picks
Hassan Whiteside
Langlois says: Marshall's Hassan Whiteside presents scouts with a major dilemma.
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Ekpe Udoh
Langlois says: Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh embodies blue-collar values Joe D seeks.
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Cole Aldrich
Langlois says: Aldrich is much closer to a finished product than most big men in the draft.
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Al-Farouq Aminu
Wake Forest
Langlois says: Aminu doesn't fit roster needs, but he might be too good to pass.
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Ed Davis
North Carolina
Langlois says: Davis has big-time potential as defender, shot-blocker.
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Wesley Johnson
Langlois says: Johnson doesn’t fit roster needs, but he's a major talent.
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Greg Monroe
Langlois says: Monroe has seemingly re-established his stock as a high lottery pick.
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Xavier Henry
Langlois says: Henry could be a shooter like Michael Redd or Ray Allen, a skill that could give him an NBA career that stretches into his late 30s.
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DeMarcus Cousins
Langlois says: If Cousins falls to the Pistons at No. 7, his talent would make him virtually impossible to ignore.
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Sleeper Candidates
Langlois says: Players who most likely could push their way into the discussion.
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Big Projects
Langlois says: Even in the 2nd round, Pistons could land frontcourt help.
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Sleeper Slippers
Langlois says: The Pistons hope to find a gem at the No. 36 pick.
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Local Media

  • Raw Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors expected to be first big man taken in draft
  • Latest mock draft by NBADraft.net: Pistons will get DeMarcus Cousins at No. 7
  • Chad Ford's mock draft, version 4.0
  • Trade speculation: Pistons, Kings are possible partners
  • Top Pistons prospects visit for workouts; team considering moving up in draft
  • U-M's Manny Harris creating draft buzz
  • Evan Turner versatile, polished and ready to make impact in NBA
  • Pistons source: Texas shooting guard Avery Bradley did work out for team a couple weeks ago