In recent weeks, for whatever reason, Muhammad has fallen out of the top 10 in many mock drafts and the chances that he’ll be taken by the Pistons at number-eight are remote. There’s perhaps a better chance he’ll go to the Portland Trail Blazers at number 10.
Being that he’s only 6-6 for a small forward, and the fact that his athletic ability seems to be average, it’s no wonder he’s not ranked higher. But Muhammad’s outstanding performance as a freshman gave indication that he’s ready to be an impact player in the NBA. Some scouts also considered him to be a selfish player.
But that was at UCLA, Muhammad won’t have any reason to be anything but a team player when he comes to the NBA. He still put up some impressive numbers with 30.8 minutes, 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. His percentages of 44.3 percent from the floor, 37.7 in 3-pointers and 71.1 at the free throw line are decent. Good coaching will turn Muhammad around into a quality NBA player. Maurice Cheeks of the Pistons won’t let any rookie play selfish, neither would Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers.
If the Pistons select Muhammad as the number-eight pick, it might be a surprise. But in terms of getting an outstanding player, it won’t be a surprise. Muhammad is going to be a solid NBA player for somebody. Who that will be remains anyone’s guess.