Maturing Henson a perfect fit for Pistons
May, 3, 2012
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Bob Donnan/US PresswireAs John Henson continues to mature physically, it could time well with the growth of the Pistons' offense.Most NBA teams make finding their long-term point guard and center priorities before any other positions. The Detroit Pistons have done just that with their last two drafts. True, Greg Monroe can play some power forward, and Brandon Knight looks to shoot more than pass. However, it remains likely these two players will earn most of their minutes next season at the 1 and 5 spots.
Therefore, in the 2012 draft, Detroit can be comfortable taking the best prospect at either forward position or the off-guard position. Likely drafting around No. 9, Detroit can find someone to back up and eventually replace Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince or any power forward on the roster.
Coach Lawrence Frank would love to find help for the team's horrific offense, which struggled with ball security and making shots inside the 3-point line. As Knight improves so will the Pistons in both areas, but he'll need more help. Assuming the Pistons don't luck into the top three picks, here's a draft breakdown:
Team needs: Power forward, shooting guards, long-range shooting, finishers in the paint