5 Prospects the Detroit Pistons Must Avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Detroit Pistons Must Avoid

Joel Embiid
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The Detroit Pistons were not hit with the best amount of luck in the 2014 NBA draft lottery, and they ended up losing their first round pick to the Charlotte Bobcats because of the Ben Gordon trade from years ago. What a gut punch. The Pistons do have a second round pick, and so this slideshow will look at players they could trade up for as well as ones they could take in that later round. Check out the first slide if you are still having doubts.

5. Joel Embiid

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas
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5. Joel Embiid

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas
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I write Joel Embiid here only because the Detroit Pistons would have to trade too much to get him. Obviously, they do not have a first round pick, and so they'd have to move a player like Andre Drummond to get someone like Embiid.

4. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart
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4. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart
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Marcus Smart probably should have come out after his freshman year, but I doubt you will ever hear him admit that publicly. He would have been the runaway rookie of the year in the class last season. It is too late for regrets now. I like him as a player, but do not like what he would do to the Brandon Jennings' situation in Detroit.

3. Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary 2014 NBA Draft
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3. Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary 2014 NBA Draft
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Mitch McGary had an unfortunate end to his college career, and he would probably do it differently the second time. I am not sure that the forward has a spot in the NBA that will last, but I hope he gets a shot somewhere. For some reason, he does not seem like a player Stan Van Gundy could get behind.

2. P.J. Hairston

PJ Hairston
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2. P.J. Hairston

PJ Hairston
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To me, P.J. Hairston is another incarnation of Danny Green. This new version might have a few more character issues than the old one, but they are both sweet shooters. The shooting guard who played a bit of D-League basketball last season could offer specialist help for certain teams, but not the Pistons.

1. Shabazz Napier

May 23, 2014: Bob Donnan; Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut
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1. Shabazz Napier

May 23, 2014: Bob Donnan; Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut
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They would obviously need to trade up to get Shabazz Napier, but I just do not like the fit for this team. The point guard out of UCONN could turn himself into Mario Chalmers 2.0; after last night though, maybe that is not the best comparison to make.

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