Posted June 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons have become pretty familiar with this spot in the NBA draft. For the fourth straight year, they'll pick from seventh to ninth. This time it's No. 8 - and the Pistons hope their choice Thursday night will help avoid more trips to the lottery in the future. ''We're simply looking to get the best player we can get,'' said Dumars, the team president. Dumars wasn't about to tip his hand before the draft, and there's the reality that the Pistons need contingency plans depending on who is available. Last year, Dumars suspected shortly before the draft that Connecticut big man Andre Drummond might fall to Detroit at No. 9. Sure enough, the Pistons got him, and although he was bothered by back problems last season, he looks like he could be one of the league's most promising young players. In 2010, Detroit drafted another big man from the Big East - Greg Monroe of Georgetown. He was the No. 7 pick that year, and in 2011, the Pistons took guard Brandon...
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