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2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Detroit Pistons

2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for the Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons did not have the season they expected to have, finishing with a 29-53 record, good for the eighth-worst record in the NBA. The team has some valuable pieces in place, with Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings all looking to be in the future plans. Greg Monroe may be leaving as a restricted free agent, but with the right floor spacer out on the wing, the Pistons could be competitive next season.

5. Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
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5. Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
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McDermott was a valuable scorer at the college level, and he will be looked upon to shoot the ball in the NBA. McDermott made threes at a 45.8% clip for his career in college, and could be lethal from outside at the next level. McDermott is not a great defender, but his ability to space the floor could do wonders for a Pistons team that lacked quality shooting from the wing.

4. James Young

James Young
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4. James Young

James Young
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Young may be a bit of a reach if the Pistons get a higher pick in the draft, but his upside may be there with any other player in the draft. Young is a long and talented wing scorer who can light it up from deep or put the ball on the floor and finish driving to the rim or in transition. Young would give the Pistons an athletic shooter who also has potential to be a stopper on defense. Young may be just the player the Pistons need to compete.

3. Gary Harris

Gary Harris
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3. Gary Harris

Gary Harris
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Harris had himself a successful sophomore season, proving that he can be more than just an occasional shooter on the perimeter. Harris is fully capable of being an efficient scorer on offense with range out beyond the three point line, and his defensive upside justifies him as being arguably the top pure shooting guard prospect in the draft. The Pistons have Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in place, but Harris' defensive potential is much higher.

2. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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2. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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The Pistons have a chance to score big in the lottery, and if they could score big enough, they would welcome Wiggins with open arms. Wiggins is the most athletic player in this draft class, capable of being a terror in transition. Where Wiggins is underrated is shooting the ball, as he shot 36.8% from three in conference play at Kansas. Wiggins has the highest upside of anyone in the draft, and could turn into the go-to scorer the Pistons need.

1. Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker
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1. Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker
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Parker is not going to be a ball-stopper on defense, but he can shoot the ball nonetheless. Parker has the offensive ability to pull up from any spot on the floor and knock down the jump shot. He can also drive to the rim and excel, scoring inside and with his back to the basket. Parker can even play some power forward in a pinch as he is a great rebounder for his size. Parker is NBA-ready, and would help Detroit tremendously.