2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Leaning Toward C.J. McCollum

By John Raffel
C.J. McCollum
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Although many Michigan fans are crossing their fingers that the Detroit Pistons will use their number-8 pick to take Trey Burke in the upcoming NBA draft, there’s also a consensus among NBA experts that C.J. McCollum might be the guard more preferred by new coach Maurice Cheeks.

In other words, the Pistons will be done a favor by the teams ahead of them if someone takes Trey Burke. If Burke is still on the board when they pick, the Pistons might feel oblige to take them so their Michigan base of fans aren’t angered.

But McCollum might be the type of guard to fit in better with the Pistons offense, and be a backup to Brandon Knight and eventually be a starter.

If the Pistons do take McCollum instead of a big player like Cody Zeller, chances are the backup point guard Will Bynum will decide to sign with another team. McCollum is 21 years old and played a full four collegiate seasons. He averaged 31 minutes, 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals a game. His shooting was excellent at 49.5 percent from the floor, 51.6 percent in threes and 84.9 percent in free throws.

The fact that McCollum shoots well is impressive even though he’ll have to face NBA defenses. He obviously still has the shooting skills. He needs to adjust them to a higher level.

Those stats have impressed coaches that want to add a guard that is going to shoot well and score points. Don’t be surprised if two weeks from today, McCollum is a Detroit Piston.


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