The Pistons obviously don’t need another Drummond, but one will do just fine. What they’re hoping is that they’ll draft a player who is so good that they never could have imagined he would be available when it was their turn to select. It seems like every draft has at least one or two players like that.
That’s what the Pistons are hoping for this Thursday when they draft No. 8, but the talent seems to be so even from picks three through 10 that the Pistons are likely to feel fortunate to draft whomever is left on the board. A shooting guard seems to be what the team needs.
Drummond didn’t exactly turn the world on fire but as a 19-year-old, he continues to show greatness after averaging 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. If he and Greg Monroe stay healthy, they’re expected to combine for one of the Pistons best frontcourts in many years.
Drummond emerged as the type of player that could eventually earn All-Star status. His youth and inexperience are the only factors holding him back so far. He might have been a No. 9 pick, but Drummond could very well put the Pistons back on the map as one of the league’s best players.
The Pistons will be looking for that blue-chip athlete again. They need more quality ballplayers who can help take the team back to the playoffs.