Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores realizes two very important decisions are coming up for his franchise, and he wouldn’t mind having impact on either one. The first is head coach; the second is the No. 1 draft pick. In the Pistons case, it will be a wide-open process since there are so many names being thrown around right now.
One name that is being presented to Gores is one most observers haven’t presented yet on a widespread basis: Rudy Gobert of France, who is 7-foot-2 in shoes, with a 7-foot-8½ wing span. His draft stock has been rising and he might go in the top 10.
Gobert has told reporters he would like to be top seven pick, and the Pistons are expected to pick No. 7. The Pistons have been taking a look at him at workouts and, if their drafting number remains where it is after the lottery, they may give him a stronger look. While they’ve got Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the fold, the Pistons realize another big man inside wouldn’t hurt, especially if forwards like Jason Maxiell go in a different direction.
He had an impressive game against the U-20 Russian team with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, three rebounds and four steals, an outstanding defensive performances in 30 minutes of action. The scouting report is that he’s tough to score against in the paint because of his shot blocking and ball-stealing ability. That’s music to the ears of any NBA coach.
Gores has been around long enough as an owner, albeit just two years, to realize it doesn’t hurt to go outside the box when it comes to running a professional sports team. Staying in the boxing too often doesn’t help. That’s why he needs to have his staff look closely at Gobert. He might truly be the best player available when the Pistons make their pick.