Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 6/28/13
Somewhat surprisingly, Peyton Siva was Detroit’s pick for point guard in the second round. (Tricia Stern, Flickr) Thursday night in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons turned a few heads by picking wild card shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall selection, especially considering several point guards were still on the board. In the second round, however, the team got back to their usual roots, drafting for rebounding, defense and toughness. Despite the palpable local angst over the selection of Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons’ opportunistic second round was enough to earn the team a B+ for their entire draft. Here’s more on three of the newest Detroiters, including complete analysis and grades from throughout the night. Pick 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia. It turns out the midweek rumors linking the Pistons to Caldwell-Pope were true after all. A taller playmaker who’s size can leads to a positive defensive role, Caldwell-Pope can certainly shoot the ball (37 percent from three) and was the SEC player of the year in 2013. Still, it was a bit mysterious that Detroit would pass on a point guard with Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum still available, all of whom could turn out to be impact players. Despite that, Joe Dumars asserts Caldwell-Pope was the right pick thanks to need. In time, this might not seem like such a horrible pick to fans if Caldwell-Pope can make an immediate impact across the board with his skill set and hot shooting, but if either Burke or McCollum outshine Caldwell-Pope right off the bat, this could be the one pick that leads to the final public undoing of Dumars. Grade: C Pick 37: Tony Mitchell, SF/PF, North Texas. A player who could have gone much sooner during the first round, Mitchell brings great athletisism to the Pistons front line. The major issue which likely caused his slide were questions about hustle and determination. Still, at pick 37, Detroit did well to land an excellent talent that was free falling into the second round. There’s no telling exactly where the Pistons plan to use Mitchell just yet, but this is truly a Detroit pick through and through, based on rebounding and toughness. Mitchell will likely be a solid depth player in the front court until he gains more seasoning. Grade: A Pick 56: Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville. The Pistons finally take their long awaited point guard, but find him late in the second round to the delight of few Michigan fans. Siva, a quick guard with excellent 6″1′ size who can impact the game with quality hands and sticky defense has been a winner throughout college, leading the Cardinals to a NCAA championship victory. Running the point for Rick Pitino is no small feat, so you can assume that Siva, like Mitchell, has the Piston toughness element going for him as well. He might not become a superstar, but Siva could crack the roster and play meaningful minutes as a solid role player. Grade: A- Overall, the Pistons managed to redeem their interesting first pick with a solid second round. Mitchell was a steal and could become a star given the proper tools and coaching, while Siva is a winner with plenty of defense and toughness to spare. Nobody can truly say what will happen with Caldwell-Pope, but if this group develops half as good as planned, it could help lead a major turnaround for Detroit basketball. Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
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