The 2014 NBA Draft left the familiar feeling of a missed opportunity for the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons lost their first-round pick, and the chance to have a top-10 pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent history. The good news is that the draft was so deep that there were still good players available to them at pick 38.
The Pistons used that 38th pick on Spencer Dinwiddie. He is a 6-foot-6 point guard from the University of Colorado. Dinwiddie would have likely been a first-round pick had he not suffered an ACL injury. He had surgery in January, and hasn’t set a timetable for his return. If he is able to come back to 100 percent, then the Pistons will have a very talented player.
Dinwiddie is a pure point guard, but will have a chance to play off the ball because of his size. The most important thing for the Pistons was getting a guy who wouldn’t be an issue in the locker room. This will not be a problem for Dinwiddie, whose nickname is the Mayor.
The obvious strength to Dinwiddie’s game is his size at the point guard position. He is a very willing passer and has proved to be a good outside shooter. His leadership skills will be a nice addition to a team that desperately needs it.
The Pistons took a chance on a guy who has first-round talent in hopes that he is able to fully recover. I think that is a good strategy for the second round. I think the selection was a good one, but losing their first-round pick has to be incorporated into the grade. For that reason, I will give the overall draft a B.
The Dinwiddie pick has a chance to be really good, but this draft will always feel like a missed opportunity.