2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Thinking Seriously Of Drafting Peyton Siva As Defensive Specialist

By John Raffel
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons realize how valuable excellent defensive players are. That would explain one of the reasons why they’ve invited Peyton Siva of Louisville to a workout.

The Pistons, with a couple of second-round NBA draft choices, may select Siva with one of them. He comes from a championship tradition at Louisville but his extraordinary play on the court, especially the defensive end, has a lot of teams taking a closer look at him.

He was named to the Big East tournament team and was the MVP the second straight season. It was his defense, which especially stood out this season.

In Big East semifinal tournament game, Siva had a tourney and school record for steals with seven. The seven steals make him the school’s all-time career leader with 236 steals at the time and he passed Darrell Griffith‘s record of 230. It’s been a long time since the Big East has seen a defensive player as clever and as quick as Siva. If the Pistons take him, he’ll be one of the best natural defensive players they’ve seen.

Siva can score enough points to keep the opponents’ honest. He’s probably not going to light the NBA on fire with his scoring, although he has the potential for some productive games. His defensive excellence will make him a hot commodity for any team and the Pistons can usually use more defensive excellence on the court. Don’t be surprised if they use Siva as one of their second round picks. If that happens, don’t also be surprised if he’s used heavily in defensive situations as a rookie.



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