The Detroit Pistons hold picks 8, 37 and 56 in the 2013 NBA Draft. We’ll have full coverage of all those selections, plus grades on the picks later Thursday night. Until then, we’re tracking the Pistons’ draft plans …
Round 1, pick No. 8 overall:
Round 2, pick No. 37 overall:
Round 3, pick No. 56 overall:
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Tracking the Mock Drafts
• ESPN.com, Chad Ford: Pistons select Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Analysis: For a third year in a row, the Pistons are hoping that one of the top seven players on the board takes a surprise dip on draft night. They might get their wish. While the team is after a point guard, Bennett might be too good to pass up. He can play both the 4 and the 3 and gives them another great scoring option in their frontcourt. Carter-Williams would be another serious option here.
• Chris Mannix, SI.com: Pistons select Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Burke could go as high as No. 2 to Orlando, so if he is here, he’s a steal. There are strong indications that with their frontcourt in good shape, the Pistons want to land a point guard to develop alongside Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Burke would be a popular choice in Michigan, but he is also perhaps the most NBA-ready point guard in the draft. He is the kind of dynamic playmaker/scorer the Pistons need to boost an offense lacking in weapons.
• Steve Kyler, USA Today: Pistons select Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Though not much of a shooter, Carter-Williams has tremendous size and length for a point guard with a high basketball IQ and a solid offensive game. He is creative with the ball and already good on defense.
• Sean Deveney, Sporting News: Pistons select Anthony Bennett, SF/PF, UNLV
In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Pistons are primed to swipe a top-tier talent with a second-tier pick. Bennett is a tweener, but the Pistons will have opportunities for him to play both at small forward and power forward.
• NBADraft.net: Pistons select Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
Last year our guy Andre Drummond somehow fell into Joe Dumars’ lap. If this really happens, the Pistons will officially be back in business with one of the best young nucleuses in the league. The Pistons appear set on Michael Carter Williams or CJ McCollom here, but Dumars has shown an excellent ability to assess the players that slip and change course, and if a talent like McLemore is available look for him to gobble him up. McLemore remains our top overall prospect, but struggled in workouts. He is the guy in this draft with the greatest shot at becoming a superstar. His outside shot is comparable to a perfect golf swing, it’s a thing of beauty. Combine that with freakish athleticism and you have a high level prospect. A SG going first overall has not happened in 40 years, McLemore still has a chance to do it, but it may require a team trading up for it to happen. NBA Comparison: Ray Allen