4:20 PM AKDT, June 29, 2012
Detroit pistons had a solid draft on Thursday night as they added 3 more promising players to their already up-and-coming roster. They gave budding star Greg Monroe some help with their first pick power forward Andre Drummond out of Connecticut. They also added some serious length to their perimeter with shooting guards Khris Middleton and Kim English. Many people are saying the Pistons had a top 5 draft due to the fact Andre Drummond, a player who many experts consider to have the most potential of any player except number one overall pick Anthony Davis, fell all the way to number nine.
Drummond, a freshman out of Connecticut, has wowed scouts with his rare combination of power, size and athleticism. He only played one year in college and may still need work in some aspects of his game. He has been criticized for not always playing his hardest and the Piston’s certainly hope that they can change that. If he does focus and unleash his true potential, then the Pistons may have won the draft with this pick alone.
Khris Middleton, a Texas A&M sophomore, is another player with loads of potential. He is a very long guard, who is a great shooter and also excels in driving to the rim. However, he was held back by some glaring concerns. He may have been an early first rounder with another year of development in the NCAA. He needs to add bulk onto his six foot eight 216lb frame and may struggle as he is pushed around by bigger, stronger NBA guards. He has the potential to be a starter eventually but needs to answer all of the questions.
Kim English, a senior from Missouri, could turn out to be another steel in this draft. He was taken 44th overall and is another long guard but has incredible long distance shooting ability. He also scores very high in basketball IQ and always seems to find the right open spot on the perimeter. He is more of a shooting specialist and will need to add some strength and explosiveness to stick around in the NBA.
One player that many in Michigan were excited about and was not drafted by the Pistons was Michigan State superstar Draymond Green. He was taken 35th overall by the Golden State Warriors, a position many feel is quite a steal. Green, Michigan State’s former Mr. Everything, lead the Spartans with an impressive combination of leadership and all-around ability. The main knock on him is that he may be in the infamous “tweener” category as he is not as explosive as most small forwards and not as big and powerful as most power forwards. He will however work as hard as anyone to make sure he makes it in the NBA and could be a solid starter in time.