2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Zeroing In On Shabazz Muhammad

By John Raffel
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

When the Detroit Pistons announce their NBA draft pick later this month, which will be at the No. 8 spot, most observers expect to see Shabazz Muhammad come to the podium.

It’s a scenario the Pistons wouldn’t mind because Muhammad would be a strong addition to the team. A small forward like Muhammad would be an excellent combination with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in the team’s front court.

Muhammad is only 20-years old, the same age Drummond will be at next season. He had an extremely productive freshman season. Muhammad averaged 30.8 minutes, 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and shot 44.3 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent in threes and 71.1 percent at the free throw line. He was expected to perhaps be a top-three or five pick, but issues dealing with his consistency has dropped his draft stock.

What the Pistons’ scouts like about Muhammad is that he’s a strong physical player, a natural scorer and a strong finisher at the rim. They also like his 3-point range and the fact that he’s a decent rebounder.

One thing scouts have found about Muhammad is that he likes to score off the transition. He also likes to work the baseline and score. The Pistons started Kyle Singler at the small forward spot a lot and Muhammad’s addition would give the team other options at the position. Singler was usually reliable when it came to his productivity but he never really dominated at the position, and perhaps a little competition will provide him with the motivation needed to take his game to the next level.

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