Detroit Pistons Need To Draft Guard C.J. McCollum

By John Raffel
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The debate in the Detroit Pistons offices right now, besides which candidate to hire for coach, is about the top priority when it comes to the NBA draft. Experts always like to say pick the best player available. If the Pistons subscribed to that theory, they would have selected Carmelo Anthony a long time ago.

The prevailing wisdom is that the Pistons cold use help inside to be able to go against the more physical teams in the league. While Andre Drummond shows promise, he is, after all, only 19. Greg Monroe is making great progress but still has his bad days.

The perimeter game with Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and maybe Will Bynum and Jose Calderon isn’t that bad either. But it depends who the Pistons keep in the free agency wars. A player who may or may not be available for the Pistons, depending on how high they draft, is C.J. McCollum, the guard from Lehigh.

Some are comparing him to Damian Lillard, which is obviously not to be taken lightly. He suffered a broken left foot as a senior but before that had averaged 25.0 points per game while shooting 53 percent. Since the days of Chauncey Billups, the Pistons have lacked a consistent force from the outside who could put the opposition away very quickly by hitting five to six 3-pointers in a row.

If he’s available, which he might not be, the Pistons need to take someone like McCollum and then go for a big guy in the free agency wars. The team just needs to do what it takes to get more wins on the board. McCollum has the raw talent to get the job done.

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