If Trey Burke is still available when the Detroit Pistons go on the clock Thursday night, the decision to nab the Michigan point guard should be a no-brainer, right? After all, Burke is just the type of grinding, true PG that the Pistons need and want.
Could the Pistons justify taking Burke over a scorer like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Bennett or Shabazz Muhammad when there might be several very viable point-guard options for the taking in Round 2? Burke may be the best point guard in this draft — heck, he may wind up being a Rookie of the Year contender and immediate contributor — but if the Pistons have a chance to wait and round out their backcourt later, that may be the preferred plan.
A look at some of the other point guards who might still be on the board for Detroit’s second-round picks:
• Nate Wolters, South Dakota State: Mock drafts have him anywhere from the latter-third of Round 1 to a few picks past Detroit’s No. 37 spot in Round 2. Wolters, who had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in an NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan, was a dynamic college scorer at 22.3 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds, while utilizing his 6-foot-4 height.
• Ray McCallum, Detroit: Local hoops fans ought to recognize this name. McCallum averaged 18.7 points, 5.1 boards and 4.5 assists for the Titans last season. ESPN’s Chad Ford calls him “a heady point guard who can run a team and get to the rim.” He’s also got some swagger, which the Pistons could use.
• Pierre Jackson, Baylor: Maybe the projected Round 2 guard that compares most easily to Burke. Jackson’s on the smaller side at 5-foot-10, but he plays aggressively and has a decent shot (40.8 percent on 3-pointers in 2011-12, 35.9 last season). Jackson posted 19.8 points for the up-tempo Bears, plus chalked up 7.1 assists per game. He may not be a plug-and-play, 40-minute-per-game starter, but if the Pistons plan to keep either Rodney Stuckey or Will Bynum around (or both), Jackson could round out the backcourt.
• Archie Goodwin, Kentucky: The player Ford actually has the Pistons taking at 37, Goodwin put up 14.1 points and 4.6 boards per game in his only season with the Wildcats. Ford calls Goodwin a “poor man’s Russell Westbrook” and, while Goodwin may need more time to develop than the other names listed, the upside might be higher.
• Phil Pressey, Missouri: Pressey’s a true point guard, in that he’s not going to light up the scoresheet many nights. His playing time and stats fell last season, to just 22.3 minutes and 6.5 points per game. However, he finished in double-digit points in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, while averaging 7.1 and 6.4 assists, respectively.
• Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State: Cut more from the Michael Carter-Williams mold — tall at 6-foot-5, with good vision and subpar shooting skills. Like Carter-Williams, Brown would pair best with Brandon Knight at the 2, giving Detroit a pure ballhandler who could hold his own on defense.