2013 NBA Draft: If Trey Burke Isn't Available, Would Michael Carter-Williams Be An Ideal Fit For Detroit Pistons?

By Paul Seaver
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The 2013 NBA Draft is less then three weeks away and the rumors continue to swirl.

Let’s talk about the Detroit Pistons for a second though because they will surely have options with the No. 8 overall pick. At this point, the Pistons are appear set on moving Brandon Knight to the shooting guard position, at least that’s their reported philosophy. It’s appeared for a couple of weeks now, that in turn, the Pistons would be targeting a point guard with their first round pick.

The obvious selection in this regard would be Michigan point guard Trey Burke. However, Burke has top five potential and he very well could be off the board prior to the No. 8 pick. So, unless Detroit wants to move up to acquire Burke, which doesn’t appear to be an option at this time, they would have to settle for the next available option.

Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum is certainly up for consideration for the Pistons. McCollum missed most of this past season due to a broken foot, but in all, he has had a very successful four year collegiate career. In fact, McCollum never averaged below 19 points per game in any of his four seasons at Lehigh. It’s impressive, but he’s more of a combo guard, similar to Knight, so is that the best fit for their new back court philosophy?

The other name in mention is Michael Carter-Williams. At 6-foot-6, Carter-Williams is a unique point guard prospect, simply because of his height. Carter-Williams would be an ideal fit in Detroit more so because of the change of pace that he could offer in that Pistons’ back court.

Burke is probably the team’s top target, but Carter-Williams should be a more realistic selection. It’s a perfect fit and it blends into the exact philosophy that the Pistons are trying to instill.


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